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Terminology for area's

Terminology for area's

(OP)
Listen to this,

If I say I have something that is "3 ft^2" (read: three feet squared), does that mean I'm talking about a square that is 3 by 3 or a square with sides that have an area that adds up to be 3?

Alternatively,

If I say I have something that is "3 square feet" (read: three square feet), does that mean I'm talking about a square that is 3 by 3 or a square with sides that have an area that adds up to be 3?

I guess my basic question is, "Is there a difference between 'three feet squared' and 'three square feet'; and if so what is it?

Thanks
JPK

RE: Terminology for area's

There is no difference to my knowledge.

RE: Terminology for area's

j2p5k8
the way i was taught was 3' sq. equals 3'x3' or 9 sq feet while 3 sq ft equals 12x12 3 times
i hope i am not adding to the confusion
paulb49

RE: Terminology for area's

(OP)
I have found an answer from someone else which I've made up my mind to believe because he was able to back it up with a website.  

Here is my question posted on another forum, and the answer that I favor.

http://www1.askme.com/browseqb.asp?pm=va&va_return=15979254|7334374&cid=839&VID=7334512

Thanks for you help guys
JPK

RE: Terminology for area's

Hi all

Could some help me with formulas for volume and surface area of
1. Dome roof tank
2. Vessel including the Dish ends (elliptical/parabolic)

I wish to be in fabrication field Quantity take of and i heard there is some menuration required for that....

Thanks for you help ..

Suf

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