Synopses & Reviews
Improve your technical math skills and get ahead of the pack
Are you a vocational student or a trade professional? This is your one-stop, hands-on guide to mastering the math you'll encounter on the job or while working toward your degree or certification. You'll get easy-to-follow, plain-English guidance on mathematical formulas and methods that professionals
- use every day in the automotive, health, and other trades.
Sharpen your tools — refresh your basic math skills, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement and conversion, and learn how to tackle operations better and faster
Start your engines — find out how to easily master algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts
Take the mystery out of math — discover how to work withcommon formulas to solve problems with multiple steps, and break down pesky word problems
Get down to business — take a look at "life math" (and learn how it's different from "classroom math") to get a handle on how you'll apply your math skills in your real-world technical work
Open the book and find:
Math myth busters
An easy approach to fractions, percentages, exponents, and square roots
Plain-English explanations of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
How to remove the mystery from word problems
Tips on working with the essential tools and equipment that make arithmetic easy
The formulas you need to know
The math you'll encounter in your daily work, no matter your profession
Understand mathematical concepts used in the skilled trades and by health care, culinary, and technical professionals
Use fundamental formulas and methods to excel in the workplace, classrooms, and on job sites
Apply algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to solve on-the-job problems
Technical Math For Dummies
is your one-stop, hands-on guide to acing the math courses you’ll encounter as you work toward getting your degree, certification, or license in the skilled trades.
You’ll get easy-to-follow, plain-English guidance on mathematical formulas and methods that professionals use every day in the automotive, health, construction, licensed trades, maintenance, and other trades. You’ll learn how to apply concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and their formulas related to occupational areas of study. Plus, you’ll find out how to perform basic arithmetic operations and solve word problems as they’re applied to specific trades.
- Maps to a course commonly required by vocational schools, community and technical college, or for certification in the skilled trades
- Covers the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
- Helps professionals keep pace with job demands
Whether you’re a student currently enrolled in a program or a professional who is already in the work force, Technical Math For Dummies gives you everything you need to improve your math skills and get ahead of the pack.
About the Author
is a technical writer who has worked in many of the trades described in the book.
Bradley Simkins has taught numerous classes and tutored at the Multimedia Math Learning Center at American River College in Sacramento.
Table of Contents
Part I: Basic Math, Basic Tools.
Chapter 1: Math that Works as Hard as You Do.
Chapter 2: Discovering Technical Math and the Tools of the Trades.
Chapter 3: Zero to One and Beyond.
Chapter 4: Easy Come, Easy Go: Addition and Subtraction.
Chapter 5: Multiplication and Division: Everybody Needs Them.
Chapter 6: Measurement and Conversion.
Chapter 7: Slaying the Story Problem Dragon.
Part II: Making Non-Basic Math Simple and Easy.
Chapter 8: Fun with Fractions.
Chapter 9: Decimals: They Have Their Place.
Chapter 10: Playing with Percentages.
Chapter 11: Tackling Exponents and Square Roots.
Part III: Basic Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
Chapter 12: Algebra and the Mystery of X.
Chapter 13: Formulas (Secret and Otherwise).
Chapter 14: Quick-and-Easy Geometry: The Compressed Version.
Chapter 15: Calculating Areas, Perimeters, and Volumes.
Chapter 16: Trigonometry, the "Mystery Math".
Part IV: Math for the Business of Your Work.
Chapter 17: Graphs are Novel and Charts Are Off the Chart.
Chapter 18: Hold on a Second: Time Math.
Chapter 19: Math for Computer Techs and Users.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Solving Any Math Problem.
Chapter 21: Ten Formulas You’ll Use Most Often.
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Avoid Everyday Math Stress.