# Units of Conversion: Square (Area) Measure - Problem 2

Basic to the understanding of unit conversion is the understanding of equivalence, the understanding of the multiplicative identity of 1, and how the two are related. For a review of these concepts, click on Review.

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Review the following table 9Webster's New World Dictionary, Second Edition, Simon and Schuster, 1982) of Standard Units of Conversion to see if you can create fractions that have a value of 1. You can click to examples following each table.

Square Measure

Problem 2: Convert 5,000,000 square feet to sections

Solution:Look for a series of links from square feet to sections.

• From the table you can see that there are links from square feet to acres to sections.

• According to the table, 1 acre is equivalent to 43,560 square feet.

Therefore, the fraction is equivalent to 1.

• According to the table, 640 acres is equivalent to 1 section.

Therefore, the fraction is equivalent to 1.

• Rewrite 5,000,000 square feet acres as a fraction and multiply the fraction by 1 two times.

• Convert the above 1's to equivalent fractions.

• Multiply the numerators and multiply the denominators:

• Rewrite the fraction so that the units stand alone:

• Rearrange the numerator and the denominator:

• Rewrite as several fractions where most fractions have an equivalent value of 1:

• Simplify: 0.179350 1 1 1 section = 0.179350 section

As you work more and more of this conversion problems, you can leave out a lot of steps and simply "cross out" similar units. In the original set-up

, you would simply cross out common units and go straight to the expression = 0.179350 section

Just be sure that you remember why you are allowed to do the cancelling.

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