Linking of mathematics to construction and engineering

There is a wide range of mathematical topics used in construction and engineering.

Constructions takes the mathematical  description of the word construction, exploring mathematical constructions and scale diagrams in different contexts; skills which are vital when working with plans. The resource also stresses the importance of accuracy in calculations. This  is a good lead in to the resource Architect's Skills in which students have to describe 3D models in two dimensions and decode plans. Mathematics From Outdoors and Outdoor Trigonometry continue the theme exploring  more complex mathematical topics such as Pythagoras' theorem, trigonometry and circles. Building a Town and  Building Silos are practical based activities in which students realise a three dimensional structure based upon two dimensional planning.


Heat analysis and Heat Loss from Buildings consider the mathematics used in other areas of construction such as the use of formulae, calculating perimeters, surface areas and volumes and being able to extract information from graphs. Rigid Structures is a practical activity designed to develop and use problem solving skills whilst  A Bridge Too Many requires team work to build a model to demonstrate that their calculations work.


Sewage Tunnels, How Much Waste and How Much Sewage are part of a suite of resources exploring the mathematics used in some of the unseen areas of construction. Activities provides a context for work on volume of three dimensional shapes, approximation, estimation and a consideration of the wider implications of construction.


The Mathematics of Escalators on the London Underground provides a context for consideration of rates and speed. The list contains two short videos in which a Structural Engineer and a Civil Engineer talk about the jobs they do and the mathematics they use.