Everyday maths for Construction and Engineering 1
Everyday maths for Construction and Engineering 1

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Everyday maths for Construction and Engineering 1

Session 4: Shape and space


How often do you have to work with flat shapes in an everyday situation? You may need to measure around an object or plan how you would like to lay out your room.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • work out how far it is around a shape
  • work out the area of a shape
  • see how shapes fit together
  • draw plans.
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You’ll often find yourself working with flat shapes, whether it’s working out the most cost-effective way to tile a bathroom or judging how many tins of paint you’ll need while decorating it and how much detergent you’ll need to clean up afterwards!

Looking at shape and space will give you some very useful ways to think about the world, including how different designs can have different effects, like making rooms look bigger. All of this will help you in everyday tasks, as well as many areas in your studies and at work.

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