Figuring Square Footage and YardageDate: 12/14/2002 at 23:29:13 From: Coal Lankston Subject: How do you figure square footage and yardage What is the exact calculation used in order to determine square footage or yardage of a given room? Thank you for your assistance. Date: 12/15/2002 at 08:37:01 From: Doctor Jerry Subject: Re: How do you figure square footage and yardage To find the area in square feet, measure two adjacent sides of the room, using feet as the unit. If you find one wall is, say, 12 feet and 7 inches, then express this in feet by doing this: 12 + 7/12 = 12 + 0.5833 = 12.5833 feet If the other wall is 9 feet and 6 inches, then 9+6/12 = 9 +0.5 = 9.5 feet To calculate the area, multiply the two sides (expressed in feet) together: 12.5833 * 9.5 = 119.54 sq ft. Another way (ignore this if you think it will confuse the issue) is to convert everything to inches: 12' 7" = 12*12+7 = 144+7 = 151 in 9' 6" = 108+6 = 114 in Then the area of the room in square inches is 151*114 = 17214 sq in To convert this to square ft, divide by 144: 17214/144 = 119.54 sq ft. Once you have the area in square feet, say 119.54 sq ft, you can find the area in square yards by dividing by 9 (because 1 square yard is 3 feet by 3 feet, that is 9 sq ft): 119.54/9 = 13.28 sq yds. - Doctor Jerry, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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