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Question from john, a student:

I have 1200 square foot that i need to fill at 4 inches deep. how many cubic yards of concrete will i need? and how do I figure this?

Hi John,

I would first convert the 4 inches to feet. There are 12 inches in a foot so 4 inches is $\frac{4}{12} = \frac13$ feet. Hence the volume of concrete you will need is $1200 \times \frac13 \mbox{ cubic feet. }$ There are 3 feet in a yard and hence there are $3 \times 3 \times 3 = 27$ cubic feet in a cubic yard. Thus if you divide the volume in cubic feet by 27 you will obtain the volume in cubic yards.

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