How Much land does he have and how many giraffes can fit on that land.

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The figure with the side lengths of.. Top 240m Bottom 96m left 336m right 228m. Aristotles rule of thumb is that each giraffe requires 500 square meters of space. How can Aristotle find out how much land he has. Approximately how many giraffes can this piece of land accommodate?  

May 26th, 2015

Divide the land into 2 rectangles.

Length of rectangle A = 240 m

Width of rectangle A = 288 m

Area of rectangle A = length * breadth 

Area of rectangle A = 240 * 288

Area of rectangle A = 69120 m^2

Length of rectangle B = 96 m

Width of rectangle B = 48 m

Area of rectangle B = length * breadth 

Area of rectangle B = 96 * 48

Area of rectangle B = 4608 m^2

Total area of land =  Area of rectangle A + Area of rectangle B

Total area of land =  69120 + 4608

Total area of land =  73728 m^2

Area of land required for each giraffe = 500 m^2

Total number of giraffes that can be accommodated

=  Total area of land /  Area of land required for each giraffe

=  73728/500

= 147.456

≈ 147

So, the land can accommodate 147 giraffes.

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