   SEARCH HOME Math Central Quandaries & Queries  If I have a dump truck that has a box that is 14' long sides that are 3.5' high and the width is 7.5' wide... how do I figure out how many cubic yards this truck can hold? Hi Mike.

Convert all the measurements from feet to yards, then multiply them
together. You can use this method for anything box-shaped.

Stephen La Rocque.>

Hey Mike,
In order to calculate some thing cubic, you need three measurements (looks like we have that). from there you just need to multiply those three measurements together.

14 * 3.5 * 7.5 = ?

Remember the answer will be in feet cubed. Hope this helps.

Melanie

Mike,

Steve and Melanie gave you two ways to do this. With Steve's method you need to convert each measurement to yards by dividing by 3. With Melanie's method you calculate the volume in cubic feet and the divide by 3 3 3 = 27 to convert the answer to cubic yards.

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