Williams’ formulae, factors and accurate shorts were first used to help his students, but then the author saw that many professional construction workers also could not make simple calculations in the field. )-- Author, teacher and contractor Kenneth Williams, Sr., announced today the release of Applying Mathematics to Construction, Carpentry Mathematics and Estimating, published by Outskirts Press. Williams’ handy guide for both students and professionals diminishes the need for cumbersome measuring devices and calculators by teaching simple, easy formulae for quickly figuring out construction math problems and material estimation costs. Realizing that the use of calculators and measuring devices can also hamper one’s ability to think creatively and quickly on the spot, Williams put together these clever mental calculation tips to help students, instructors and general contractors. The first section of Applying Mathematics to Construction shows how to make calculations without the use of external tools and contains such innovative tricks as his conversion of a large number of feet to inches in seconds, mentally. Section two covers how materials are measured and sold and, like the first section, offers one simple formula after another to make on the spot calculations simply and immediately.
Kenneth gives an overview of the book:
Converting feet to inches without the use of a calculator ---- Take any number in feet like 34’ Double the number 4 to the right 4 + 4 = 8 Put the number 8 to the side for now Always use the number 5 as the factor If the number is 4 or less use zero (0) If the number is 5 or greater use five (5) Example: 34 is less than 35 so use zero or (30) 5 times what number equals 30 5 x 6 = 30 Now add 30 plus 6 and you’ll get 40 Combine the 40 and the 8 and you’ll get 408” Note: never carry a number over
Hi my name is Kenneth Williams sr. I am a native New Orleanian who grew up in the Fisher Housing projects. I am the author of Applying Mathematics to Construction. I am a master instructor at Delgado Community College where I teach carpenrty and broadband ...
He explains calculations effectively and includes detailed glossaries throughout the book. It is a practical manual for carpenters and other trade professionals to have on their book shelves. It is a...