Problem of the Week: Surveying Mathematics Problems: Unit Definitions and Conversions

A property owner from overseas writes to a surveyor with instructions concerning a survey. One of the instructions says, "Please be certain that the property has at least 4 hectares." What is a hectare?

A. a large shade tree with gray bark
B. a type of concrete monument
C. a category of easements
D. a measure of area

Solution -
A hectare is a measure of land area in the metric system. The term is built on the word are, which is 100 m2, with the prefix hect, which indicates multiplication by 100. There, a hectare is equal to 10,000 m2, or 2.471 ac.

The answer is D.

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