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Question from Koni:

I'm trying to figure out the distance our buses travel throughout our district to pick up students for school. How do you figure square miles?

If our district measures 6 1/2 miles wide and 2 3/4 miles deep, what is our total square miles?

Thanks for your help.


If your district is rectangular with a width of 6 1/2 miles and a depth of 2 3/4 miles then the area is

6 1/2 × 2 3/4 = 6.5 × 2.75 = 17.875 square miles.


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