   SEARCH HOME Math Central Quandaries & Queries  If a company allows you to ship personal belongings while on an over seas assignment and the figure is 3.5 cubic meters. Just how much is the total area in square feet?? 10X10X10 or??? I just wanted to understand the size of a container that would hold 3.5 cubic meters!! Thank you, Robert Hi Robert,

What you want is the total volume in cubic feet. The area is just the amount of floor space the the pile of belongings would cover.

I asked Google to make the conversion from cubic meters to cubic feet. I typed 3.5 cubic meters in cubic feet into Google and got the result 3.5 (cubic meters) = 123.601334 cubic feet. So how big is a box that will hold 124 cubic feet? I know that 5 × 5 × 5 = 125 so a box that is 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet will be very close. Also 4 × 4 × 8 = 128 so a box that is 4 feet by 4 feet and 8 feet tall is also very close.

I hope this helps,
Harley     Math Central is supported by the University of Regina and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.