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Residential Construction Math

Created as an educational learning tool, here Scott Simpson Design + Build explores the application of the Pythagorean theorem in construction.

We use math for several things during construction. We use the Pythagorean theorem to make sure that the walls that we build on the concrete foundation are squared. We also use the Pythagorean theorem to figure out the slope of a roof and how high a roof would need to go in a certain pitch based on its run, to know how far the overhang of the ease would be. We can figure out how tall a building would be based on how long the building is, based on how high it was and then figure out the angle of the roof so we could use the geometry of a triangle to figure all that stuff out. We use that same geometry in staircase construction.

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