Mathematics for Manufacturing Student Workbook

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Ray Prendergast
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City Colleges of Chicago
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Instructional Material
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The Mathematics for Manufacturing Student Workbook is designed for use with adult learners in a manufacturing bridge program. The mathematics activities in the student workbook are contextualized around precision metalworking.  The workbook covers ten units: (1) Decimals; (2) Fractions; (3) Tolerances; (4) Percents; (5) Angles and Triangles; (6) Shop Problems; (7) Beyond Arithmetic ; (8) Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem; (9) Sines, Cosines, Tangents; and (10) Statistical Process Control.  Each unit can be used in an independent study or group instruction. The worksheets are intended to stimulate the interest of the participants and provide relevant points for discussion and team interaction. In addition, the worksheets are helpful to math instructors who are not familiar with manufacturing processes. Instructors should note that this resource is not a complete textbook.  The student workbook does not focus on basic math operations, but on their application in industry.

The student workbook was produced as part of a larger project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, to develop training programs that prepare adults for career-path employment and post-secondary education in advanced technology fields. It was based on the workbook Mathematics for Manufacturing by Ray Prendergast and Stacey Toscas, 2000.

Benefits and Uses

These instructional resources teach and reinforce math concepts within the context of the Manufacturing career cluster, specifically through applications of math in industry.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.