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Maths in Work: Calculating Fabric Needed

Created on 19 May 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 November 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Title Calculating Fabric Needed
Organisation Leeds University - Monique Hollinshead
The University of Leeds has 32,000 students and 7,000 staff. Monique teaches in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. One important part of design is to estimate the amount of material required for a particular garment. Using the example of an Elizabethan Ruff, Monique demonstrates that you first need to know the number of ‘figures of 8’ that are used in one inch of ruff and how much fabric that requires. From that you can calculate the fabric required for each neck. As the material cannot easily be joined, it is important to over-estimate by rounding up. In this process she uses measurement, proportion, estimation and rounding.  

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Estimation, Measurement, Proportion, Rounding
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