Higher Education

Practical Problems in Mathematics for the Emergency Services, 1st Edition

  • Thomas Sturtevant Texas A&M, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Urban Search and Rescue
  • ISBN-10: 0766804208  |  ISBN-13: 9780766804203
  • 224 Pages
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $70.50



Practical Problems in Math for Emergency Services is the only math related text specifically written for the emergency services field. Today, most certifications in the emergency services field require written exams which include related math problems. Designed for such exams, this textbook may be used as a preparation for entry level exams as well as promotional exams. It is written specifically to meet the standards of both the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Its step-by-step approach and use of industry specific examples will help instructors keep their students focused on the application of mathematical concepts to real-world emergency services problems.

Features and Benefits

  • features emergency services related problems to allow users to develop math skills within the context of relevant examples
  • features emergency services related problems to allow users to develop math skills within the context of relevant examples
  • provides answers to all problems, allowing users to review their work before advancing
  • gives a clear indication of unit topics to help users focus on the task at hand
  • uses discipline related terminology to keep the information relevant and user interest focused

Table of Contents

BASIC CONCEPTS: Introduction to Numbers. Addition of Positive Integers. Subtraction of Positive Integers. Multiplication of Positive Integers. Division of Positive Integers. Negative Integers. Combined Operations with Integers. COMMON FRACTIONS: Introduction to Common Fractions. Addition to Common Fractions. Subtraction of Common Fractions. Multiplication of Common Fractions. Division of Common Fractions. Combined Operations with Common Fractions. DECIMAL FRACTIONS: Introduction to Decimal Fractions. Addition of Decimal Fractions. Subtraction of Decimal Fractions. Multiplication of Decimal Fractions. Division of Decimal Fractions. Decimal and Common Operations with Decimal Fractions. PERCENT, AVERAGES, AND ESTIMATING: Percent and Percentages. Interest and Discounts. Averages. Estimating. Combined Operations with Percent, Averages, and Estimating. MEASUREMENT: Linear Measure. Area Measure. Volume and Mass Measure. Flow and Pressure Measure. Heat Measure. Equivalent Measures Units and Conversions. Combined Measurement Operations. RATIO AND PROPORTION: Ratio. Proportion. Combined Operations. with Ratios and Proportions. CHARTS AND GRAPHS: Line Graphs. Pie Charts. Bar Graphs. Combined Operations with Charts and Graphs. FORMULAS AND EQUATIONS: Solving Formulas and Equations. Common Fire Science Formulas. STATISTICS: Introduction to Statistics. Mean, Median, and Mode. GEOMETRY AND TRIGONOMETRY: Pythagorean Theorem. Trignonmetric Functions. APPENDIX: Table of Customary Units of Measure. English-Metric Equivalent Table. Fraction-Decimal Tables. GLOSSARY OF TERMS. ANSWERS TO ODD-NUMBERED PROBLEMS.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Thomas Sturtevant

Dr. Thomas B. Sturtevant is an Associate Division Director with the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Urban Search and Rescue Program and is a member of Texas Task Force 1. He has written textbooks, assessed foreign emergency response training programs, managed training and educational programs, and served on several national Boards. He is a certified Fire Protection Specialist and has an Education Doctorate in Leadership for Teaching & Learning, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee. His research/consulting efforts focus on program evaluation and emergency service professional development.