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Tiling a floor 2016-03-05
From joanne:
How many floor tiles 20x20 inch do I need for area of 8x 12 ft.?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Tiling a floor 2013-03-18
From whitley:
Question from Whitley, a student:

How many square feet of tile do you need to cover the floor of a room that is 20ft, 25ft, 15ft, 20ft, 5ft, and 5ft

I made a replica of the floor

Answered by Penny Nom.
Tiling a floor 2012-02-27
From jamie:
how many 16in by 16in blocks would it take to cover a 16ft by 16ft floor?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Tiling a floor 2010-05-03
From guadalupe:
how many 16 x 16 inch square tiles fit into a 10 x 10 foot space?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Tiling a floor 2010-03-31
From shane:
a floor in a house is 12'6" in width and 10'4" in length. Tiling the floor with each tile 5" on each side. First express the square footage into an improper fraction. Second express the area of each tile in square feet. Third how many tiles needed to tile the floor. Fourth explain how answers relate to real world
Answered by Harley Weston.
A geodesic dome 2007-09-25
From Roger:
In my Science-Fiction series, I have a Dyson's Sphere tiled with regular hexagons. The number of hexagons is over 300,000 and the radius of the Sphere is roughly 80,000,000 miles. The actual size of the Sphere and hexagons have been left flexible until I can come up with a definite number of hexagons that would fit. My problem is the pattern of hexagons which would fit within the sphere without leaving gaps or overlapping.

My best guess has been to use four equilateral triangles composed of 78606 hexagons, (396 per edge) arranged around the sphere with six 'zippers' to connect them and four 'caps' at the points, for a total of 316804 hexagons. Given the fact that each Hex is the same size, does this seem plausible? Is there some pattern formula I can use to play with these figures? Simple divsion of areas will not work if the number derived will not fit into the pattern to leave a perfectly tiled surface. Thank you.

Answered by Chris Fisher.
Tiling a floor 2001-05-01
From Sarah:
Cut out of paper or cardboard a quadrilateral having no two sides parallel, no two sides of equal length and no indentations. Can an endless floor be tiled with copies of such a figure?
Answered by Claude Tardif.
Tiling a floor 2000-06-27
From Carolyn Clarkston:
A square tile measures 6 inches by 6 inches. What is the least number of tiles needed to cover a rectangular floor area of 9 feet by 12 feet?
Answered by Walter Whiteley.



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