Hi Beth,
Building supply agencies sell sand in "yards" by which they mean cubic yards. Thus you need to calculate the volume using yards. There are 3 feet in a yard and 12 inches in a foot so your dimensions, in yards are:
30 ft ( ^{1y}/_{3f} ) = 10 yards on each side. The depth is 4 inches ( ^{1f}/_{12in} ) ( ^{1y}/_{3f} ) = ^{1}/_{9} yard deep.
Thus the volume is: 10 10 ^{1}/_{9} 11.1 cubic yards.
So you should probably order about 11 "yards" of sand.
Penny
[Thank you to our alert reader Kevin, who identified an error in the original version of this quandary!]
