AREA AND VOLUME
PART ONE. AREA
The problem of storage of supplies and equipment occurs at every level of
military activity. Supervisory personnel, particularly petroleum, subsistence, and
general equipment storage specialists should be able to quickly and accurately
determine area and volume requirements for the storage of supplies. A good working
knowledge of basic methods of computing area and volume problems is essential for
those personnel who work in, or are responsible for, storage operations.
To begin with, there are certain basic terms which are used in solving area
problems which you should know and understand.
1. SURFACE The outer face, or exterior, of an object. A flat rectangular
surface has length and width. It does not have thickness.
2. AREA The measure of surface. Area is the amount of outside surface of an
object. Examples of area could be the flat top of your desk, the floor of a room,
or a wall of a building.
3. PLANE FIGURES Objects which are flat or level and bounded by straight or
curved lines. The plane figures you will be working with are pictured here. Write
the name of each figure under each example.