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Question from Leroy:

How do I calculate the square footage of a 17 inch by 17 inch tile

Hi Leroy,

There are 12 inches in a foot so 17 inches is $\large \frac{17}{12}$ feet. The area of a rectangle or a square is the length times the width so the area of a 17 inch by 17 inch tile is

\[\frac{17}{12} \times \frac{17}{12} \mbox{ square feet.}\]


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