Numbers: Square feet/feet square II

November 15, 2007: Issue 213

When you’re dealing with measurements, where you place the word square makes a big difference.

A 144-square-foot terrace has a total area of 144 square feet. It can be 12×12 feet, 9×16 feet, or any configuration where its width times its depth equals 144. That’s room for a nice dinner party.

A 144-foot-square terrace, on the other hand, is 144 feet on each side. That’s 20,736 square feet—room for a nice dinner theater.

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