



 
Hi David, The concrete blocks that form one of the walls in my office measure 16 inches by 8 inches so each one covers an area of $16 \times 8 = 128$ square inches. The 50 foot long by 12 foot high wall you want to construct is $50 \times 12 = 600$ inches by $12 \times 12 = 144$ inches so its area is $600 \times 144$ square inches. Thus the number of blocks you need for this wall is \[\frac{600 \times 144}{128}.\] Perform the analogous calculation for the 20 foot walls and total the number of blocks you obtain. You will need to add a few extra as there will be some cutting and wastage at the corners. Penny  


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