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Question from Shellie, a teacher:

I have a trailer that is 8 ft x 5 ft.

I have a
hutch base that is 32 in x 52 in,
hutch top is 47 in x 52 in,
table 56 in x 44 in,
6 chairs that are 48 in x 20 in.
I know that the cubic feet of the trailer is l x w x h= 5 x 8 x 5= 200 cubic feet
I know that the area of the items are approximately 1026 feet. How do I know if these things will fit?
I would like to know the math behind it?
Please help?

Hi Shellie,

I don't think that math is going to be a great help to you. The challenge is to pack the items so that you efficiently use the space. To do this you need to consider the shape of the items and how you might stack and pack them.

Sorry I can't be of much help,

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