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### Converting Square Inches to Square Feet

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Date: 02/26/98 at 17:14:51
From: Zack Meier, Megan Wolf
Subject: Area

How many square inches are in ten square feet?

Don't you take 12 times 10 to get an answer of 120 sq. in.?
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Date: 02/26/98 at 17:30:28
From: Doctor Ethan
Subject: Re: Area

Hello Zack,

Great question.

I see how you are getting your idea, but I am afraid that it is a bit
more complex than that.

The complexity comes because the question wants the answer in a
different set of units than the units of the given information.

Because of that I am going to ask another question first to help us
get on our way:

How many square inches are in one square foot?

To help us answer this, I am going to draw a square foot with the
inches marked off.

1 ft. = 12 inches
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|                       |
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|                       |  1 ft. = 12 in.
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Now, given this drawing to find the number of square inches in a
single square foot, we multiply 12 * 12  = 144.

According to your problem, we have 10 of these square feet, so we
have

144 * 10 = 1440 sq. inches.

Hope that helps.

-Doctor Ethan, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Middle School Geometry
Middle School Terms/Units of Measurement
Middle School Two-Dimensional Geometry

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