Mathematics for the Trades: A Guided Approach, 11th Edition © 2019

Mathematics for the Trades: A Guided Approach, published by Pearson, guides students through the functional skills needed throughout the physical trades. This course takes a practical, on-the-job approach to teaching the concepts.

  • Emphasis on readability for students of all levels
  • Includes new and updated classroom resources
  • Improved applications to keep students engaged
  • Powerful Pearson MyLab® platform

Mathematics for the Trades CTE Program with Digital Integration

Mathematics for the Trades presents relevant math concepts in ways that connect with students wherever they are.


Coverage of Multiple Trades

Students interested in the automotive or electrical trades, plumbing, allied health, construction, and other areas discover the direct connection between math and their work.


Real-Life Examples

Extended problems at the end of each section require students to use the skills they’ve just learned. The problems are often rooted in situations encountered on job sites.


Text Accessibility

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On-the-Go Learning

Our program is built to help students wherever they are through engaging online resources they can access on any device with an internet connection.

Mathematics for the Trades CTE Teaching Solutions

  • Notes
  • Cautions
  • Learning Help
  • A Closer Look

The word Note calls attention to conclusions or consequences that might be overlooked, common mistakes students make, or alternative explanations.


A Careful comment points out a common mistake that students might make and shows how to avoid it.


A Learning Help gives students an alternative explanation or slightly different way of thinking about and working with the concepts being presented.


A Closer Look signals a follow-up to an answer or a worked solution. It may provide a more detailed or an alternative look at the whole process.


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Additional Resources for Mathematics for the Trades

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Instructor’s Solutions Manual
  • Test Bank with TestGen®
  • PowerPoint Presentations

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The downloadable Instructor’s Solutions Manual provides answers and worked out solutions for all Previews, Exercises, and Problem Sets.


The Test Bank includes multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and True/False questions for each chapter.

TestGen helps you quickly create paper quizzes and tests that supplement the content in your textbook, without creating extra work for you.


PowerPoint® presentations are provided for each instructional section, offering straightforward outlines and notes to use for class lectures or study materials. Photos, illustrations, charts, and tables from the book are included in the presentations when applicable.


Frequently asked questions about Mathematics for the Trades

  • What topics are covered in the table of contents?


    How to Use This Book

    1. Arithmetic of Whole Numbers Preview
      1-1 Reading, Writing, Rounding, and Adding Whole Numbers
      1-2 Subtraction of Whole Numbers
      1-3 Multiplication of Whole Numbers
      1-4 Division of Whole Numbers
      1-5 Order of Operations
      Problem Set
    2. Using a Calculator, I: Whole-Number Calculations
      2-1 Working with Fractions
      2-2 Multiplication of Fractions
      2-3 Division of Fractions
      2-4 Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
      Problem Set
    3. Using a Calculator, II: Fractions Decimal Numbers
      3-1 Addition and Subtraction of Decimal Numbers
      3-2 Multiplication and Division of Decimal Numbers
      3-3 Decimal Fractions
      Problem Set
    4. Using a Calculator, III: Decimals Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
      4-1 Ratio and Proportion
      4-2 Special Applications of Ratio and Proportion
      4-3 Introduction to Percent
      4-4 Percent Problems
      4-5 Special Applications of Percent Calculations
      Problem Set
    5. Measurement Preview
      5-1 Working with Measurement Numbers
      5-2 U.S. Customary Units and Unit Conversion
      5-3 Metric Units
      5-4 Metric—U.S. Customary Conversions
      5-5 Direct Measurements
      Problem Set
    6. Pre-Algebra Preview
      6-1 Addition of Signed Numbers
      6-2 Subtraction of Signed Numbers
      6-3 Multiplication and Division of Signed Numbers
      6-4 Exponents and Square Roots
      Problem Set
    7. Basic Algebra Preview
      7-1 Algebraic Language and Formulas
      7-2 Adding and Subtracting Algebraic Expressions
      7-3 Solving Simple Equations
      7-4 Solving Two-Operation Equations
      7-5 Solving More Equations and Solving Formulas
      7-6 Solving Word Problems
      7-7 Multiplying and Dividing Algebraic Expressions
      7-8 Scientific Notation
      Problem Set
    8. Practical Plane Geometry Preview
      8-1 Angle Measurement
      8-2 Perimeter of Polygons and Area of Quadrilaterals
      8-3 Triangles, Regular Hexagons, and Irregular Polygons
      8-4 Circles
      Problem Set
    9. Solid Figures Preview
      9-1 Prisms
      9-2 Pyramids and Frustums of Pyramids
      9-3 Cylinders and Spheres
      9-4 Cones and Frustums of Cones
      Problem Set
    10. Triangle Trigonometry Preview
      10-1 Angles and Right Triangles
      10-2 Trigonometric Ratios
      10-3 Solving Right Triangles
      10-4 Oblique Triangles
      Problem Set
    11. Intermediate Algebra Preview
      11-1 Systems of Equations
      11-2 Quadratic Equations
      Problem Set
    12. Statistics Preview
      12-1 Reading and Constructing Graphs
      12-2 Measures of Central Tendency
      12-3 Measures of Dispersion
      Problem Set

    Answers to Previews

    Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems

    Protractor, Multiplication Table, and Metric Ruler


    Index of Applications


  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?

    Grades 9-12

  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for courses in the technical and vocational trades.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available Student Resources include the print Student Edition and student access to the Pearson MyLab® online course.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include the downloadable Instructor's Solution's Manual, TestGen® Test Bank, Visual Aid PowerPoint® presentations, and teacher access to the Pearson MyLab® online course.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to Pearson MyLab® can be purchased for 1 or 6 years.

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