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Laying the Foundation

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CONSTRUCTION MATH
Compiled by Judy Amico and Beth Arman
Construction Center of Excellence
October 2005
With submissions by:
• Pat Averbeck, Math instructor, with Walt Bubelis, Horticulture instructor, Dave
Jacobson, Construction Management instructor, and Ed van der Bogart,
Construction Management instructor, Edmonds Community College
• Steve Baker, King County Carpenters Apprenticeship coordinator, Renton
Technical College
• Mary Bolds, Adult Basic Skills instructor, Tacoma Community College
• Jim Coan, Surveying instructor, Renton Technical College
• Rick Ducharme and Lisa Grothen, Job Skills for Trade & Industry instructors,
Renton Technical College
• Spencer Hinkle, Building Construction Technology co-department chair/
instructor, Portland Community College
• Steve Ignac, Lathing, Acoustical, and Drywall Systems Apprenticeship
coordinator, Renton Technical College
• Jim Johnson, Commercial Building and Industrial Engineering instructor, Renton
Technical College
• Mark Maher, Western Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship coordinator,
South Seattle Community College
• The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical
Industry (used in International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – National
Electrical Contractors Association Electrical Apprenticeship programs in the State
of Washington)
• Don Olson, Painting, Decorating, and Drywall Apprenticeship instructor, South
Seattle Community College
• Vince Rainier, Pile Drivers Apprenticeship coordinator, Renton Technical
College
• Royal Robinson, Plasterers Apprenticeship coordinator/instructor, Renton
Technical College
With special thanks to the following businesses for their support:
• Lowe’s Home Improvements
• Dunn Lumber
• Nordstrom
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 235-2352, ext. 2217
www.RTC.edu/CommunityResources/CCE

Laying the Foundation:
CONSTRUCTION MATH
Table of Contents
Introduction..........................................................................................................................1
Resources for Construction Math ........................................................................................3
Sample Activities and Descriptions by Construction Subject Matter:
Surveying .................................................................................................................5
Soil Excavation ........................................................................................................9
Cost Calculations ...................................................................................................23
Reading a Tape Measure........................................................................................35
Concrete Formwork (Pile Drivers) ........................................................................39
Steel........................................................................................................................47
Concrete Volume (Cement Masons)......................................................................49
Carpentry................................................................................................................53
Electrical ................................................................................................................63
Drywall Layout ......................................................................................................89
Plastering Layout ...................................................................................................96
Painting ..................................................................................................................98
Carpet Laying and Tile Setting ..............................................................................99
Roofing ................................................................................................................105
Building Engineering/Electrical...........................................................................131
Sample Activities and Descriptions by Math Subject Matter:
Arithmetic
o Percents ..................................................................................................9, 99
o Fractions.....................................................................................................35
o Conversions....................................................................................39, 53, 99
Algebra
o Solving for Costs .................................................................................23, 99
o Solving Equations ..................................................................47, 53, 63, 131
o Ratio and Proportion ..................................................................................63
Geometry
o Area, Perimeter, Square Feet, and Volume..........39, 49, 53, 89, 96, 99, 105
o Coordinate Geometry...................................................................................5

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Videos.Resources for Construction Math Websites. and books 3 .

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Surveying 5 .

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Surveying 7 .

Surveying 8 .

Soil Excavation 9 .

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Cost Calculations 23 .

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Reading a Tape Measure 35 .

Reading a Tape Measure 36 .

Reading a Tape Measure 37 .

Reading a Tape Measure 38 .

Concrete Formwork 39 .

Concrete Formwork 40 .

Concrete Formwork 41 .

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Concrete Formwork 46 .

Steel 47 .

Steel 48 .

Concrete Volume 49 .

Concrete Volume 50 .

Concrete Volume 51 .

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Carpentry 53 .

Carpentry 54 .

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Electrical 63 .

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Drywall Layout 89 .

Drywall Layout 90 .

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Drywall Layout 93 .

Drywall Layout 7) Multiply “b” X 2 = “C” which is the length of all sides 94 .

Drywall Layout C = 2b 95 .

Plaster Layout 96 .

Plaster Layout 97 .

Painting

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Carpet Laying and Tile Setting

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Carpet Laying and Tile Setting

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Carpet Laying and Tile Setting 103 .

Carpet Laying and Tile Setting 104 .

Roofing 105 .

Roofing 106 .

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Building Engineering / Electrical I E R 131 .

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