2 Square Feet vs. 2 Feet SquareDate: 11/22/98 at 12:04:03 From: Natalie Subject: The difference between 2 sq. ft. and 2 ft. square A student asked me this question and I don't know how to respond. What is the difference between 2 square feet and 2 feet square? I have tried looking in old math books but have not been able to come up with a good answer. Thank you for helping. Date: 11/22/98 at 15:05:12 From: Doctor Rick Subject: Re: The difference between 2 sq. ft. and 2 ft. square Hi, Natalie, "2 feet square" refers to a square that is 2 feet on a side, that is, 2 feet by 2 feet. "2 square feet" is a measure of area. It can refer to any shape (a rectangle 1 foot by 2 feet, for instance). The area of a 2-foot square is 4 square feet (2 feet * 2 feet). - Doctor Rick, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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