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Geometry Lesson

Posted by BobB on May 17th, 2001 02:10 PM
In reply to Here's an easy by Barb on May 17th, 2001 11:20 AM [Go to top of thread]

OK Barb, think of it like this. Say you had a box of those square vinyl floor tiles that were 1 ft on eack side, that is each tile is one foot by one foot, or one "square foot". Now line up three of these in a row, 3 feet ( 1 yard) long by 1 foot wide, or three square feet, (three 1 squre foot tiles ). Now line up three more next to those and three more next to those. Now your pattern will look like a tic-tac-toe board and have three i foot tiles on each side, and one in the middle. You will have a yard (three feet) on each side and therefore have one square yard. There will be nine 1 square foot tiles, or there will be nine square feet in a square yard.
If you multiply the price per square foot times nine, it will give you the price per square yard.
For an area measurement, multiply the length times the width. Say your room is 12 ft. by 12 ft. That would make 144 square feet. Dividing that by the conversion factor of 9 sq. ft per sq yard gives you 16 square yards.
Bear in mind that carpets only come in certain widths, and there is always some waste in trimming.
And don't worry about asking, my teachers used to say the only stupid question is the one that doesn't get asked. Anyway, that's what your on-line friends are here for.

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