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Overview

Mathematics for the Trades: A Guided Approach focuses on fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. It supports these concepts with practical applications in a variety of technical trade vocations, including automotive, welding, and HVAC fields. The workbook format of this text makes it appropriate for use in the traditional classroom as well as in self-paced or lab settings.

The sixth edition includes:

  • Carefully explained mathematical concepts.
  • Extensive use of graphics and color to enhance explanations.
  • A guided format that provides instant feedback for practice problems and examples.
  • A pretest and review questions in each chapter.
  • Real-life applications that are specific to many trades and technical occupations.
  • Calculator examples, graphic displays, and specific instruction on the use of calculators.
  • An index of applications.
  • A revised design that draws attention to key points and examples.

Free StudyWizard software with review questions and a glossary of math terms is included with this text.

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Mathematical skills needed in trade and technical areas, including electronics, auto mechanics, construction, and drafting, are taught in this text/CD-ROM package intended for students with weak math backgrounds and for returning adult students. The text has been designed for readability with a conversational style and a variety of real problems. This sixth edition offers a new format that allows students to go from explanations to worked examples, guided practice, and exercises with immediate feedback. All calculator examples and problems now assume the use of a standard scientific calculator. The included CD-ROM contains review questions and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Intended for students who have a poor math background, this text explains the mathematical skills needed in such trades as electronics, auto mechanics, construction, welding, and drafting. Covers from basic arithmetic to advanced algebra. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132321020
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/19/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
How to Use This Book
Ch. 1 Arithmetic of Whole Numbers 1
Ch. 2 Fractions 51
Ch. 3 Decimal Numbers 89
Ch. 4 Ratio, Proportion, and Percent 131
Ch. 5 Measurement 183
Ch. 6 Pre-Algebra 249
Ch. 7 Basic Algebra 281
Ch. 8 Practical Plane Geometry 375
Ch. 9 Solid Figures and Geometric Constructions 437
Ch. 10 Triangle Trigonometry 483
Ch. 11 Advanced Algebra 531
Answers to Previews 569
Answers 572
Index 589
Index of Applications 595
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Preface

This book provides the practical mathematics skills needed in a wide variety of trade and technical areas, including electronics, auto mechanics, construction trades, air conditioning, machine technology, welding, drafting, and many other occupations. It is especially intended for students who have a poor math background and for adults who have been out of school for a time. Most of these students have had little success in mathematics, some openly fear it, and all need a direct, practical approach that emphasizes careful, complete explanations and actual on-the-job applications. This book is intended to provide practical help with real math, beginning at each student's own individual level of ability.

Features

Those who have difficulty with mathematics will find in this book several special features designed to make it most effective for them:

  • Careful attention has been given to readability. Reading specialists have helped plan both the written text and the visual organization.
  • A diagnostic pretest and performance objectives keyed to the text are included at the beginning of each unit. These clearly indicate the content of each unit and provide the student with a sense of direction.
  • Each unit ends with a problem set covering the work of the unit.
  • The format is clear and easy to follow. It respects the individual needs of each reader, providing immediate feedback at each step to ensure understanding and continued attention. The emphasis is on explaining concepts rather than simply presenting them. This is a practical presentation rather than a theoretical one.
  • Specialattention has been given to on-the-job math skills, using a wide variety of real problems and situations. Many problems parallel those that appear on professional and apprenticeship exams. The answers to all problems are given in the back of the book.
  • A light, lively conversational style of writing and a pleasant, easy-to-understand visual approach are used. The use of humor is designed to appeal to students who have in the past found mathematics to be dry and uninteresting.

Six editions and almost two decades of experience with a wide variety of students indicate that this approach is successful—the book works and students learn, many of them experiencing success in mathematics for the first time.

Flexibility of use was a major criterion in the design of the book. Field testing and extensive experience with the first five editions indicate that the book can be used successfully in a variety of course formats. It can be used as a textbook in traditional lecture-oriented courses. It is very effective in situations where an instructor wishes to modify a traditional course by devoting a portion of class time to independent study. The book is especially useful in programs of individualized or self-paced instruction, whether in a learning lab situation, with tutors, with audio tapes, or in totally independent study.

Calculators

Calculators are a necessary tool for workers in trade and technical areas, and we have recognized this by using calculators extensively in the text, both in finding numerical solutions to problems, including specific keystroke sequences, and in determining the values of transcendental functions. We have taken care to first explain all concepts and problem solving without the use of the calculator and to estimate and check answers. Many realistic problems included in the exercise sets involve large numbers, repeated calculations, and large quantities of information and are ideally suited to calculator use. They are representative of actual trades situations where a calculator is needed. Detailed instruction on the use of calculators is included in special sections at the end of appropriate chapters or is integrated into the text.

Supplements

An extensive package of supplementary materials is available for teachers and students using this textbook:

  • A StudyWizard CD-ROM (packaged with this text) provides readers with extra practice problems.
  • An Instructor's Solutions Manual containing completely worked out solutions to all exercises and providing step-by-step procedures to help students learn problem-solving skills.
  • Transparency Masters for over 130 illustrations, charts, and other visual materials.
  • A Test Item File of approximately 1000 problem-type, multiple-choice, and fill-in questions for a full range of testing.
  • The Prentice Hall Test Manager, a state-of-the art system that provides, on CD-ROM, the test item file.
  • A booklet, How to Study Technical Math, to illustrate methods and techniques for solving a wide range of problems in technical math.

Sixth Edition

In response to suggestions from many instructors who have used earlier versions of the text, this sixth edition includes a number of substantial revisions and improvements:

  • All problem sets and examples have been revised and brought up to date. A significant number of new applied problems have been added to the exercise sets, and additional worked examples have been added where needed throughout the text.
  • A new, easy-to-follow format allows the student to go from information and explanation to worked examples, guided practice, and finally to exercises with immediate feedback.
  • Chapter 5, Measurement, has been revised extensively to clarify the explanation of rounding, precision, accuracy, and significant digits. The material on unit conversion has been reorganized so that it is easier for students to follow.
  • Chapter 4, Ratio, Proportion, and Percent, has been expanded to include more applications of ratio and proportion, and new explanation on the use of the calculator.
  • All calculator examples and problems now assume the use of a standard scientific calculator with a ten-digit display.
  • Instruction on solid geometric figures has been expanded.
  • Explanations in the many step-by-step examples have been improved and their readability has been enhanced.
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Introduction

This book provides the practical mathematics skills needed in a wide variety of trade and technical areas, including electronics, auto mechanics, construction trades, air conditioning, machine technology, welding, drafting, and many other occupations. It is especially intended for students who have a poor math background and for adults who have been out of school for a time. Most of these students have had little success in mathematics, some openly fear it, and all need a direct, practical approach that emphasizes careful, complete explanations and actual on-the-job applications. This book is intended to provide practical help with real math, beginning at each student's own individual level of ability.

Features

Those who have difficulty with mathematics will find in this book several special features designed to make it most effective for them:

  • Careful attention has been given to readability. Reading specialists have helped plan both the written text and the visual organization.
  • A diagnostic pretest and performance objectives keyed to the text are included at the beginning of each unit. These clearly indicate the content of each unit and provide the student with a sense of direction.
  • Each unit ends with a problem set covering the work of the unit.
  • The format is clear and easy to follow. It respects the individual needs of each reader, providing immediate feedback at each step to ensure understanding and continued attention. The emphasis is on explaining concepts rather than simply presenting them. This is a practical presentation rather than a theoretical one.
  • Special attention has been given to on-the-job math skills, using a wide variety of real problems and situations. Many problems parallel those that appear on professional and apprenticeship exams. The answers to all problems are given in the back of the book.
  • A light, lively conversational style of writing and a pleasant, easy-to-understand visual approach are used. The use of humor is designed to appeal to students who have in the past found mathematics to be dry and uninteresting.

Six editions and almost two decades of experience with a wide variety of students indicate that this approach is successful—the book works and students learn, many of them experiencing success in mathematics for the first time.

Flexibility of use was a major criterion in the design of the book. Field testing and extensive experience with the first five editions indicate that the book can be used successfully in a variety of course formats. It can be used as a textbook in traditional lecture-oriented courses. It is very effective in situations where an instructor wishes to modify a traditional course by devoting a portion of class time to independent study. The book is especially useful in programs of individualized or self-paced instruction, whether in a learning lab situation, with tutors, with audio tapes, or in totally independent study.

Calculators

Calculators are a necessary tool for workers in trade and technical areas, and we have recognized this by using calculators extensively in the text, both in finding numerical solutions to problems, including specific keystroke sequences, and in determining the values of transcendental functions. We have taken care to first explain all concepts and problem solving without the use of the calculator and to estimate and check answers. Many realistic problems included in the exercise sets involve large numbers, repeated calculations, and large quantities of information and are ideally suited to calculator use. They are representative of actual trades situations where a calculator is needed. Detailed instruction on the use of calculators is included in special sections at the end of appropriate chapters or is integrated into the text.

Supplements

An extensive package of supplementary materials is available for teachers and students using this textbook:

  • A StudyWizard CD-ROM (packaged with this text) provides readers with extra practice problems.
  • An Instructor's Solutions Manual containing completely worked out solutions to all exercises and providing step-by-step procedures to help students learn problem-solving skills.
  • Transparency Masters for over 130 illustrations, charts, and other visual materials.
  • A Test Item File of approximately 1000 problem-type, multiple-choice, and fill-in questions for a full range of testing.
  • The Prentice Hall Test Manager, a state-of-the art system that provides, on CD-ROM, the test item file.
  • A booklet, How to Study Technical Math, to illustrate methods and techniques for solving a wide range of problems in technical math.

Sixth Edition

In response to suggestions from many instructors who have used earlier versions of the text, this sixth edition includes a number of substantial revisions and improvements:

  • All problem sets and examples have been revised and brought up to date. A significant number of new applied problems have been added to the exercise sets, and additional worked examples have been added where needed throughout the text.
  • A new, easy-to-follow format allows the student to go from information and explanation to worked examples, guided practice, and finally to exercises with immediate feedback.
  • Chapter 5, Measurement, has been revised extensively to clarify the explanation of rounding, precision, accuracy, and significant digits. The material on unit conversion has been reorganized so that it is easier for students to follow.
  • Chapter 4, Ratio, Proportion, and Percent, has been expanded to include more applications of ratio and proportion, and new explanation on the use of the calculator.
  • All calculator examples and problems now assume the use of a standard scientific calculator with a ten-digit display.
  • Instruction on solid geometric figures has been expanded.
  • Explanations in the many step-by-step examples have been improved and their readability has been enhanced.
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