The area of a residential property and things included on that property is often given in square feet. On the other hand, things you might need for that property, such as soil, are typically sold in cubic meters.
Say you want to cover a vegetable garden of a certain size to a certain depth, using a kind of topsoil available at your home and garden store. How much soil should you buy?
This example uses a 40-foot-by-60-foot garden and a desired soil coverage depth of 1.5 inches.
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Step 1: Find the Area in Square Feet
Multiply the length of the plot by the width. In the current example, this is 40 ft × 60 ft = 2,400 ft2.
Step 2: Convert the Area in Square Feet to Area in Square Meters
Because 1 ft = 0.3048 m, (1 ft)2 = (0.3048 m)2 = 0.0929 m2.
Therefore, 2,400 ft2 = (0.0929)(2,400) m2 - 222.97 m2.
Step 3: Covert the Depth (Height) in Inches to the Depth (Height) in Meters
1 m = 39.37 in.
Therefore, 1.5 in = (1.5 ÷ 39.37) = 0.0381 m
Step 4. Calculate the Volume in Cubic Meters
Combining Step 2 and Step 3:
(222.97)(0.0381) = 8.50 m3.