Math for the Automotive Trade,
6th Edition

John C. Peterson, William deKryger

ISBN-13: 9781337101813
Copyright 2018 | Published
368 pages | List Price: USD $225.95

MATH FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE TRADE, 6th Edition, is the easy-to-understand worktext that delivers the real-world math you need for automotive repair careers—and kicks the rest to the curb. Using real manufacturer specs, completing automotive repair orders, and checking your results against industry references right in the appendices, you’ll practice the calculations that automotive repair technicians do on the job every day. Written by seasoned automotive pros, MATH FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE TRADE starts with the math basics, greasing the wheels before moving on to the practice exercises. Even better, this book includes the latest, easy-to-understand information about taxes, finances, discounts, and profits, to simplify business math, and move you a step closer to a career in management or your own automotive repair shop.


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.

  • John C. Peterson

    John C. Peterson is a retired Professor of Mathematics at Chattanooga State 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 industry. In addition to MATHEMATICS FOR MACHINE TECHNOLOGY, 8E, Dr. Peterson has authored or co-authored four other Cengage books: INTRODUCTORY TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS, TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS, TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS WITH CALCULUS, and MATH FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE TRADE. 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 Ph.D. in mathematics education from The Ohio State University.

  • William deKryger

    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.

  • Revised examples and exercises include the latest advances in technology and fuel economy, to immerse students in the high-tech realities of modern automotive careers.

  • NEW instructions, examples, and exercises that sharpen skills at every turn focus on digital micrometers, automatic engine valve duration, advantages with LED lighting, the Ford F-150 aluminum body, as well as the automatic 7, 8, 9, and 10 speed transmissions.

  • NEW and revised repair orders reflect hybrids, electric automobiles, and other recent engine and body changes in the marketplace giving students the easy confidence they need to work with popular automobile types and features.

  • NEW questions throughout the readings offer extra practice with spec pages for hybrid and electric vehicles to help students get their hands dirty with clean automotive technologies.

  • Updated tax tables in Chapter 7 help make MATH FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE TRADE, 6TH Edition, a go-to reference in the classroom, in the office, and on the shop floor.

  • The hands-on, worktext format walks students through basic math skills, lets students try them out on common automotive situations and tasks, and covers both the standard and metric measurement systems widely used in automotive jobs.

  • Practical discussions and “how-to’s” on using various types of measurement instruments take students from the classroom to the driver’s seat faster and with greater confidence than traditional texts.

  • Useful discussions about personal and business finances, such as discounts, profit and loss, commissions, interest and payments, and taxes give students the practical math they need to work in automotive settings and none of the “classroom” math they don’t.

  • Manufacturer's specification data throughout the readings puts the concepts to work for students with realistic experiences that mirror what they’ll do on the job every day.

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