Trades Math Workbook (2010)

The authors of this workbook have provided a variety of exercises to help apprenticeship candidates improve their numeracy skills and learn how those skills are used in the trades.

The workbook includes sections focusing on measurement and calculation; money math; scheduling, budgeting and accounting; and data analysis.

The authors have also included a chart that lists and defines math foundation skills, then provides examples of how each skill might be used in the workplace. For example, they explain that trigonometry is used to determine the size of an unknown side or angle of a triangle and, on a construction site, it might be used to calculate the angles for a circular staircase.

In each section, the authors present math exercises based on real-life situations. For instance, in the money math section, the exercises deal with topics like calculating the after-tax cost of an item or the cost of an item after a markup has been included. The section on measurement and calculation includes exercises on calculating how many studs a carpenter will need to frame the exterior walls of a building or how many tiles will be required to cover a specific floor area.

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