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Practical Problems in Mathematics for Drafting and CAD, 4th Edition

  • John Larkin
  • Concetta Duval
  • ISBN-10: 1111316805
  • ISBN-13: 9781111316808
  • 352 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 1996, 1979
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Designed to enhance the math skills of students studying the field of drafting, this completely updated fourth edition of Practical Problems in Mathematics For Drafting and CAD presents a comprehensive overview of contemporary drafting problems, CAD drawings, and industry applications and practices. This text provides students with a variety of integrated math problems and CAD operations in order to facilitate critical thinking, problem solving, and basic mathematics literacy. Filled with real-world applications and designed to cover a range of skills and levels of difficulty, the fourth edition includes updated figures, illustrations, problem sets, examples, and solutions in order to give students the skills they need to succeed in the field of drafting.


  • The text features problems and values that reflect current and emerging drafting and CAD technologies.

  • The concepts presented are geared toward enhancing student mathematical skills in virtually any drafting field.

  • Illustrative problems presented in the book emphasize realistic applications.

  • CAD terminology and operations are integrated for an approach that is current with today's technology and practices.

  • Coverage is designed to increase familiarity with the concepts and language needed to accurately prepare working drawings.

About the Author

John Larkin

Dr. John Larkin recently retired as Professor Emeritus of Technology Education from Central Connecticut State University, where he was an experienced drafting and CAD instructor. He is still active in numerous professional organizations. Dr. Larkin earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland.

Concetta Duval

Dr. Concetta Duval earned her doctorate from the University of Rochester, majoring in mathematics and mathematics education. She is currently a consultant, specializing in creating mathematics and science materials for K - 12 students and teachers and published by a variety of textbook and computer education companies. Before working as a consultant, Dr. Duval was employed as a chemical engineer, public high school math and science teacher, school administrator, and Director of Mathematics at four private companies. She is an active member of several professional organizations.

Table of Contents

1. Whole Numbers.
2. Fractions.
3. Decimals.
4. Decimals, Fractions, and Percents.
5. Geometry Fundamentals.
6. Measurement.
7. Algebra.
8. Applied Trigonometry.
9. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

New to this edition

  • The content has been updated and reorganized into 9 sections and 42 units, including a new section on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and new units on 3D- and coordinate geometry.
  • Problem sets have been reorganized into "Skill Problems," "Practical Problems," and "CAD Problems" in order to make it easier for instructors to assign specific types of problems and for students to study specific content areas.
  • This edition now includes an increased number of stepped out examples, with corresponding explanations and solutions. In addition, problems and answers have been revised in order to give students practice with realistic problem sets.
  • Figures and drawings have been improved in order to appeal to visual learners.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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