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Math for the Automotive Trade 5th Edition

John C. Peterson, William deKryger

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 1995, 1989
  • 352 Pages


MATH FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE TRADE, 5E is an up-to-date, highly practical book that helps your students develop a real-world understanding of math concepts and applications in the modern automotive repair trade. Written at a beginner's level, this book is a comprehensive instructional workbook that shows your students how to solve the types of math problems faced regularly by automotive technicians. Unique to MATH FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE TRADE, 5E are realistic practice exercises that allow your students to determine if their answers fall within manufacturers' specifications and repair orders that are completed by finding the appropriate information in the professional literature and reference material, included in the book's valuable appendices.

John C. Peterson, Chattanooga State Technical Community College

John C. Peterson is a retired Professor of Mathematics at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he received the Teaching Excellence Award. His professional experience includes teaching at middle school, high school, and university levels, as well as work in the automotive industry. In addition to MATH FOR THE TECHNICAL TRADE, 6th Edition, Dr. Peterson authored or coauthored four other Cengage books: Introductory Technical Mathematics, Technical Mathematics, Technical Mathematics with Calculus, and Mathematics for Machine Technology. A member of the team that revised the 2015 College Board of Mathematical Sciences cross-sectional survey of undergraduate mathematical science programs, Dr. Peterson has also served as a vice president of The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. He has published more than 90 journal papers and given more than 200 presentations. Dr. Peterson earned his PhD in Mathematics Education from The Ohio State University.

William deKryger, Central Michigan University

William J. deKryger is a retired Professor of Automotive Technology in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. A certified ASE Master Technician for more than thirty-five years, Dr. deKryger has worked as a professional technician for automotive dealerships and independent garages, served as an expert witness for automotive cases, and been an automotive arbiter for the National Center for Dispute Settlement. His academic interests have taken him to Vladimir State University in Vladimir, Russia, as a study abroad leader, as well to Instituta Technologico Y de Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Toluca, Mexico, as a visiting professor. A member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Dr. deKryger holds an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Services, a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education from Ferris State University, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Central Michigan University.
  • Contains updated applications and examples that reflect changes in automotive technology.
  • New coverage of Statistics included.
  • Replaced the flat rate pages for the Corvette in Appendix A with pages for the Ford Fusion, Milan (2006–2009), Zephyr (2006), MKZ (2007–2009), and Milan Hybrid (2010), emphasizing new hybrid technology.
  • Contains updated coverage of automotive parts and equipment, new repair orders, additional questions that reflect current concerns with hybrid, electric, and other new technologies and updated gas prices, tax data, etc. that reflect "current" prices.
  • Contains content that is correlated with NATEF's Applied Academics and will help prepare your students for ASE Automotive tests.
  • Reviews basic mathematics skills, practical math applications for specific automotive situations, and both customary and metric systems of measurement as they apply to the automotive trade, immediately preparing students with math skills they will use on the job.
  • Covers personal and business finance examine discounts, profit and loss, commissions, interest and payments, and taxes, providing a well-rounded business review of the issues faced by today's automotive technician.
  • Provides manufacturer's specification data for real-world applications to problems ensuring a realistic experience for your students that will mirror what they'll encounter on the job.
1. Whole Numbers.
2. Decimals.
3. Fractions.
4. Geometry, Angle Measurement and the Metric System.
5. Integers and Signed Numbers.
6. Ratios, Proportions, and Percentages.
7. Business and Statistics.
8. Completing Repair Orders.
9. The Automobile Engine.
10. Automobile Engine Systems.
11. Automobile Electrical Systems.
12. The Automobile Drive Train.
13. The Automobile Chassis.
14. Automobile Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
15. Measurement Tools.
Appendix B. Summary of Formulas in this Text-Workbook.
Appendix C. Answers to Odd-Numbered Practice Exercises.

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The Instructor's Resources provides teaching tips and guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices and exercises for content reinforcement.

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