Lesson 2

Side Lengths and Areas

Let’s investigate some more squares.

Problem 1

A square has an area of 81 square feet. Select all the expressions that equal the side length of this square, in feet.











Problem 2

Write the exact value of the side length, in units, of a square whose area in square units is:

  1. 36
  2. 37
  3. \(\frac{100}{9}\)
  4. \(\frac25\)
  5. 0.0001
  6. 0.11

Problem 3

Square A is smaller than Square B. Square B is smaller than Square C. 

The three squares’ side lengths are \(\sqrt{26}\), 4.2, and \(\sqrt{11}\).

There are 3 differently sized squares labeled, from left to right, “A,” “B” and “C.” The squares are arranged from smallest to largest, so that “A” is the smallest square and “C” is the largest.

What is the side length of Square A? Square B? Square C? Explain how you know.

Problem 4

Find the area of a square if its side length is:

  1. \(\frac15\) cm
  2. \(\frac37\) units
  3. \(\frac{11}{8}\) inches
  4. 0.1 meters
  5. 3.5 cm
(From Unit 8, Lesson 1.)

Problem 5

Here is a table showing the areas of the seven largest countries.

  1. How much larger is Russia than Canada?
  2. The Asian countries on this list are Russia, China, and India. The American countries are Canada, the United States, and Brazil. Which has the greater total area: the three Asian countries, or the three American countries?

country area (in km2)
Russia \(1.71 \times 10^7\)
Canada \(9.98 \times 10^6\)
China \(9.60 \times 10^6\)
United States \(9.53 \times 10^6\)
Brazil \(8.52 \times 10^6\)
Australia \(6.79 \times 10^6\)
India \(3.29 \times 10^6\)
(From Unit 7, Lesson 14.)

Problem 6

Select all the expressions that are equivalent to \(10^{\text-6}\).








\(10^{8} \boldcdot 10^{\text-2}\)




\(\frac{1}{10 \boldcdot 10 \boldcdot 10 \boldcdot 10 \boldcdot 10 \boldcdot 10}\)

(From Unit 7, Lesson 5.)