Introduction
Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
The Textbook
Introduction
This selfpaced class is intended to develop mathematical skills that
can be applied to the construction trade through practice and application.
This course is an introduction to other courses in construction. While this
class is not a prerequisite for any other classes, it does provide a
foundation for them.
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Learning objectives
By the end of this class you should:
 be able to use and understand all operations on fractions and decimals
that are common to the construction industry.
 be able to convert measurements from fractions to decimals
 be able to calculate area, and volume of various shapes
 be able to convert measurements from cubic feet to cubic yards
 be able to measure the volume of concrete footings, slabs, walls, and
columns.
 be able to calculate board feet
 be able to calculate and measure for basic constructions in wood and
concrete
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Class Organization and Grading
For this class it is highly recommended to keep a spiral bound or similar
notebook to keep all assignments and notes together. Each week you will be
given a lecture, assignment, answers (from the previous assignment) and a
quiz. The reading and lecture will be designed to aid in the completion of
the homework.
While homework will not be checked there will be answers
posted each week to selfcheck your progress. There will also be a quiz
testing the information from the previous assignments. There will also be two
projects to complete, one midsemester and one at the end of the class. The
projects are applications of mathematics to a construction problem.
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student
can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.
Module 
Point Value 
By End of Week 
0. Student Orientation 
0 
Before start 
1. Numbers 
10 
1 
2. Fractions 
10 
2 
3. Conversion 
10 
3 
4. Using ratios 
10 
4 
5. Angles and triangles 
10 
5 
6. Formulas: Area and Volume 
10 
6 
Case study 1 
20 
7 
7. Board Measure Lumber pricing 
10 
7 
8. Concrete 
10 
8 
9. Walls and roofs 
10 
9 
10. Stairs and covering 
10 
10 
Case study 2 
20 
10 
Final Quiz 
20 
10 
Total Points 
160 

Each module should take approximately one week to complete.
Course modules will be made available after the previous module's quiz is
compete. You will need to email the instructor to make him aware of
your progress and receive the case
study quizzes.
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Grading Policies
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module, two case
studies and a final quiz. Each quiz will count for 10 points.
The case studies are each worth 20 points. The final quiz is also worth 20
points.
Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade
sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.
Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of
points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments. The grading scale is
as follows:
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the
Orientation Module.
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The Textbook
You can find information about the textbook at http://www.constructionclasses.com/textbooks.htm#math
. This book
will include all the reading and the assignments.
Last updated 09/26/2014
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