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A British company is sending you measurements for a table to build in your factory. The table top must be 50 cm × 75 cm. Your machine calibrates in inches. Find the size of the table in inches. (1 cm = .39 in)

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    While 1cm = 0.39 inch is a good approximation to within 1%, I usually use one inch = 2.54 cm, which is exact!

    Using the given conversion factor,
    50 cm = 50cm *0.39"/cm = 19.5"
    75 cm = 75cm *0.39"/cm = 29.25"

    Using the exact value of 1"=2.54cm,
    50 cm = 50 / 2.54 = 19.69"
    75 cm = 75 / 2.54 = 29.53"

    So there is a measurable difference.

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    50 cm X 75 cm

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