Mathematics for Carpentry and the Construction Trades (3e) : 9780135114001

Mathematics for Carpentry and the Construction Trades (3e)

Webster & Judy
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in Mathematics for Carpenters; Building Construction; Carpentry; Applied Math - Carpentry.


Mathematics for Carpentry and the Construction Trades offers a unique approach based on the authors' experience in building construction and applied education. Loaded with photographs and detailed drawings, the text illustrates the underlying mathematics in each step of the building process. The text's problems, infused with the authors' real industry experience, provide students with relevant examples of problems they will face in the construction and carpentry trades. Problems include step-by-step summary explanations of their solutions with the necessary steps highlighted for easy identification. After giving students a solid foundation in math, the text then leads them through the steps of a construction project and applying the mathematical skills involved in completing the project. 


Table of contents
  • 1. Whole Numbers
  • 2. Fractions
  • 3. Decimal Fractions
  • 4. Weights, Measures, and Conversions
  • 5. Ratio and Proportion
  • 6. Percents
  • 7. Angles and Triangles
  • 8. Areas and Perimeters
  • 9. Volume and Surface Area of Solids
  • 10. The Metric System
  • 11. Board Measure
  • 12. Lumber Pricing
  • 13. Footings, Foundations, and Slabs
  • 14. Girders, Sill Plates, Bridging, Floor Joists, and Floor Covering
  • 15. Wall Framing
  • 16. Roofs I: Common Rafters
  • 17. Introduction to the Framing Square
  • 18. Overhangs
  • 19. Roofs II: Hip Rafters–The Conventional Case
  • 20. Roofs III: Valley Rafters–The Conventional Case
  • 21. Roof IV: Jack Rafters.
  • 22. Roofs V: Hip and Valley Rafters–The Unconventional Cases
  • 23. Stairs
  • 24. Framing and Covering Gable Ends; Exterior Trim
  • 25. Wall and Roof Covering
  • 26. Heat Loss, Return on Investment; Operating Costs
  • 27. The Estimating Process
  • Appendix:  Right Triangle Trigonometry; House Plans
  • Glossary
  • Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises
  • Bibliography
  • Index
New to this edition

Green facts begin each chapter–some with website references.

  • Makes students think about conservation of natural resources and building using energy-saving methods.

More real-world problems have been added to most chapters–in addition to more floor plans in the appendix.

  • Helps students realize that their problem-solving efforts have an end application.

Photos and prices of materials–have been updated.

  • Students will find material prices consistent with those in the market.

An optional chapter on right triangle trigonometry–has been added to the appendix.

  • Helps students solve more complex problems, such as certain unconventional roof structures

A chapter on money matters --has been added

  • Offers analysis of potential savings from energy conserving devices

Formulas are easily located–on the inside covers.

  • Provides a handy reference to important, frequently used formulas.
Features & benefits


Features an abundance of accurate drawings and photographs–throughout the text.

  • Helps technically oriented students (who tend to be visual learners) “see” a problem–or details of a component in a building or the entire process.
  • Frees instructors from having to spend time developing audio-visual materials.

Logical presentation–of the steps involved in the actual construction process.

  • Students learn the material in the same way that they might apply it in the shop or on the job.

Relevant, real-world problems–taken from the authors' actual experience.

  • Helps students see the practical application of exercise efforts. 
  • Provides answers to the odd-numbered exercises in the back of the book.

Delays emphasis on calculator usage–in the first three chapters.

  • Encourages calculator usage, with emphasis on efficiency and accuracy.
  • Ensures that students develop both the mental skills and technical skills for doing mathematics.

Objectives–clearly stated and outlined at the beginning of each chapter.

  • Draws students' and instructor's focus to the topic at hand.

Rules and steps–summarised in a concise manner.

  • Makes content easier to learn and review.

Home plans–in an Appendix–features houses actually built by the author.

  • Serves as a real-world base for student projects.
Student supplements