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I have to paint one side of a wall.  The wall is 12 meters tall and 120 meters long.  Each gallon of paint covers 150 square feet. If a foot is approximately 0.3048 meters, then what is the smallest whole number of gallons I can buy and have enough paint to cover the whole wall?

 Jun 11, 2023
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I have to paint one side of a wall.  The wall is 12 meters tall and 120 meters long.  Each gallon of paint covers 150 square feet. If a foot is approximately 0.3048 meters, then what is the smallest whole number of gallons I can buy and have enough paint to cover the whole wall?  

 

You're going to have to convert those meters to square feet,  

so I think it's better to do it from the start.  Even though we'll  

have fractions to contend with, a calculator makes that easy.  

 

                                                                       12 m  

1 foot is 0.3048 meter, so the height is       –––––––––  =  39.3701 ft   

                                                                   0.3048 m/ft  

 

                                                                       120 m  

1 foot is 0.3048 meter, so the length is       –––––––––  =  393.7007 ft   

                                                                   0.3048 m/ft  

 

Area is height times length     (39.3701 ft)(393.7007 ft)  =  15,500.0359 sq ft  

 

1 gallon will cover 150 sq ft  

so divide that into the area               15,500.0359 sq ft  

                                                        –––––––––––––––  =  103.3335 gallons  

                                                           150 sq ft/gallon  

 

You can't buy just part of a gallon of paint,  

so we have to round that up to whole gallons                       104 gallons  

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Well, now there are two.  The OP can decide which one is more useful. 

Bosco  Jun 11, 2023

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