Construction Math

Learn essential construction math skills, including measuring, conversions, and geometry to be more efficient.

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  • 13 In-depth Lessons

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Lesson Plan

13 Video Lessons · 2H 52M

  • 1. Course Overview

    Welcome to the course! Whether you zoned out in math class or just want to brush up on the basics, this course will give you the foundation to make any job more efficient and profitable.

  • 2. Measurement Review

    Nearly all of construction math starts and ends with the tape measure. Learn how to read a tape measure like a pro.

  • 3. Increments and Fractions Review

    Jordan outlines the key increments used in measuring and identifies the most common fractions to memorize to make the day-to-day math in construction easier.

  • 4. Adding Fractional Measurements

    Being able to quickly add fractions is a crucial skill for success on the job site. Learn how to frame a window accurately as a real-world application of adding fractions.

  • 5. Subtracting Fractional Measurements

    A confident foundation in fraction subtraction will help you deliver measurements on the job and do things like rip plywood more efficiently.

  • 6. Dividing and Multiplying Fractions

    Dividing and multiplying fractions are two sides of the same coin. Jordan teaches you tricks for doubling, halving, and quartering measurements in your head.

  • 7. Shiplap Spacing

    Using division, learn how to evenly lay out a fractional number of pieces of shiplap across the wall of a room.

  • 8. Deck and Stair Railing Spacing

    Learn to make sure the balusters on a cable deck railing and set of stairs will both be up to code and look great.

  • 9. Deck Baluster Spacing

    Jordan teaches you an insider trick for making sure the spacing between deck balusters is even every single time.

  • 10. Calculating Areas of Floor Plans

    Review the formulas for area for basic geometric shapes, and apply those formulas to the areas of floor plans and other drawings for construction.

  • 11. Calculating Volumes of Interiors

    Jordan shares how to calculate volumes for common construction problems, from HVAC estimates to pouring concrete.

  • 12. Angles & Triangles: Foundation Layout

    Learn to take the time-consuming guesswork out of foundation layout and how to square a foundation easily and accurately.

  • 13. Basic Trig: Cutting a Staircase Handrail

    A single trigonometry function can go a long way in making accurate angled cuts before even showing up on the job site. Learn how.

Who it's for: This course is for those wanting to get construction math fundamentals.

Key Topics

  • Tape measure math

  • Common fractions in construction

  • Add, subtract, divide and multiply fractions

  • Even spacing in decks & stairs

  • Area in floor plans and volume interiors

  • Basic trig

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  • What is MT Copeland?

    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

  • What do courses include?

    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

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    If you’re not happy with a course, let us know within 30 days for a full refund. Our goal is to provide maximum value for your career. If we haven’t delivered on that promise, let us know.

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    Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.

  • Where did the name MT Copeland come from?

    MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.

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