A library worker wants to estimate how many books will fit on a stack of 6 shelves. Each book is about 2 inches thick. Each shelf is 10 feet long. (continued) how many books will fit on 6 shelves? this is a math question.

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Simplest solution: 

If a book is about 2 inches,

Then there are about 6 books per foot x 10 feet per shelf x 6 shelves

= 360 books!

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The librarian should be able to get 360 books on these 6 shelves which are 10 feet long.  First you multiply 12 inches by 10 feet.  That gives you 120 inches.  Multiply 120 inches for each shelf by 6 because you have six shelves.  This will give you a total capacity of 720 inches.  Divide 720 inches by 2 inches which is the approximate size of the books.  This will give you 360 books.

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