#1**+1 **

We first focus on the second part of the statement. We find that $(1/2 \text{cm})^2 = \frac{1}{4} \text{cm}^2. $ Therefore, we get that $\frac{\frac{1}{4} \text{cm}^2}{\frac{1}{2} \text{cm}^2} = \boxed{\frac{1}{2}}.$

BigBurger Feb 27, 2021

#3**+1 **

I agree with Cal.

They can certainly be interpreted as different but I would want the difference to be made more clear than this!

I think what they mean is:

the first one means cut a 1 cm square in half. (It will be a rectangle with sides 0.5cm and 1cm)

The second one probably refers to a square with a side length of 0.5cm

Melody Feb 27, 2021

#4**+1 **

I agree this is very unclearly written....but I agree with BB...

here is my interpretation:

the entire figure below is 1/2 square centimeters ( 1/2 cm^{2})

the shaded area is 1/2 centimeters square ....and is obviously ** 1/2 ** of the 1/2 cm^{2 }** ~ EP**

ElectricPavlov Feb 27, 2021