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Question from Jean:

I have 1/4 acre of is square.what should the measurement be for each side be in feet

Hi Jean,

The first thing I did was to type 1 acre in square feet into the Google search window. Google responded that 1 acre is 43,560 square feet. Your land is 1/4 of an acre or $\large \frac14 \normalsize \times 34,560$ square feet. If the side length of your square is $s$ feet then

\[s^2 = \frac{43560}{4}\]

and thus

\[s = \sqrt{\frac{43560}{4}} \mbox{ feet.}\]


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