Mathematics for Technology I (Math 1131) Durham College, Mathematics
Free • 55 lessons
• 1 quizzes
• 10 week duration
• Numerical Computation

Here you'll be introduced to the bare basics of mathematics. Topics include commonly used words and phrases, symbols, and how to follow the order of operations.

• Measurements

An introduction to numerical computation. Emphasis is placed on scientific and engineering notation, the rule of significant figures, and converting between SI and Imperial units.

• Trigonometry with Right Triangles

Here we focus on right angle triangles within quadrant I of an x-y plane. None of the angles we evaluate here are greater than 90°. A unit on trigonometry with oblique triangles is covered later.

• Trigonometry with Oblique Triangles

This unit is a continuation of trigonometry with right triangles except we'll extend our understanding to deal with angles *greater* than 90°. Resolving and combining vectors will be covered at the end of this unit.

• Geometry

This unit focuses on analyzing and understand the characteristics of various shapes, both 2D and 3D.

Mathematics for Technology I (Math 1131)

Convert Rates

A rate is a ratio (comparison) of two different quantities possessing different units of measure. For example, speed is a measure of distance per unit time – distance is measurable and so is time. More specific examples of units are:

• Wage: $20 per hour • Points per game: 14.5 points per game • Speed: 15 kilometers per hour Let’s analyze this further. Take the example of wage: Anytime your rate is per one unit of whatever, it’s referred to as a unit rate. Therefore,$40/2 hours isn’t a unit rate, where as \$20/1 hour is.

To convert one rate to another, you have to perform two simultaneous conversions. It’s the same process as converting a single unit, except it needs to be performed twice – one conversion each for the numerator and denominator. The videos show several examples of unit rate conversions.

Part 2 and part 3 show examples that are slightly more challenging than those above. One of the questions from Part 2 states:

[Convert] 777 gallons per minute to cubic meters per hour

According to the question, you’re expected to go from gallons to meters. A gallon is a unit of volume while a meter is a unit of length. There’s no clear-path to convert from gallons to meters, so an intermediate step is required.