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1. Using a Scientific Calculator 2. Numbers 3. Basic Algebra 4. Indices and Logarithms 5. Standard Form, Significant Figures and Estimation 6. Transposition and Evaluation of Formulae 7. Fractions and Percentages 8. Graphs 9. Units and their Conversion 10. Geometry 11. Areas (1) 12. Volumes (1) 13. Trigonometry (1) 14. Setting Out 15. Costing - Materials and Labour 16. Statistics 17. Areas and Volumes (2) 18. Areas and Volumes (3) 19. Trigonometry (2) 20. Computer Techniques 21. Assignments Appendix 1 Concrete Mix Appendix 2 Solutions for Excercises Appendix 3 Assignment Solutions

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Surinder Virdi is a lecturer in construction at South and City College Birmingham. He worked as a structural engineer for a number of years before starting his teaching career in further education. He has been teaching mathematics, construction science and construction technology on BTEC National and Higher National courses for the last 25 years. Roy Baker spent forty years teaching mathematics, construction science and structural mechanics at the City of Wolverhampton College before retiring in 2005. He now works as a visiting lecturer. Narinder Kaur Virdi is a programme manager at the South and City College Birmingham and is responsible for managing the provision of basic skills. She worked as a biochemist for a number of years before becoming a trained teacher. She has been teaching literacy and numeracy for the last 15 years.


'This is an excellent resource for construction students with step by step instructions helping them to understand and enjoy mathematics. Each chapter has an instruction and methodology section with solutions and testing at the end enabling individual tracking and progression. This book will help my students improve their numeracy skills to achieve their diploma qualification.' Michael Cook, Lecturer, The Sheffield College

'Construction Mathematics has proved to be an ideal text for Construction and Civil Engineering students at National Certificate level, whilst providing Undergraduates with a well laid out revision text. The logical progression of ideas and the simple and clear examples prove valuable to students as they pass onto a higher level of study' Derek Spalton, Senior Lecturer, University of Derby

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