The floor of a school gymnasium is 84 feet long and 50 feet wide. How many students can the principal expect to fit in the gym in case of an emergency? (The expected floor space a standing person occupies is about 2.5 sq feet)
a)1250 students
b)1680 students
c)2100 students
d)1720 students​


  1. To start, you need to find your area so that all of your numbers have the same unit of measurement.

    You can do this by multiplying the length & the width together. In this case it would be:

    84 • 50 = 4200 sq ft

    Now, if one standing person occupies 2.5 sq ft all we have to do is divide 4200 sq ft by 2.5 sq ft to figure out how many people can fit in the school gymnasium.

    4200 ÷ 2.5 = 1680 people


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