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Land Survey Activities:
Purpose: This is a simple exercise to incorporate into other
mathematical exercises, or to be used along with a discussion of
land surveys, and their importance in describing original
1) It was necessary to have a common means of measuring plots of land so that the buyer was sure that, in effect, an acre was an acre, and no more or less.
2) Descriptions of the land, such as timbered with oak, and wet, not fit for cultivation were very important to settlers who intended to farm the land.
3) Land had to be precisely located. The blazed trees and mounds
of earth set
B) Land surveyors measure distances in chains and links.
Townships were surveyed into six miles square, and divided into 36 sections, one square mile each. Students may select parcels of land of different acreages within a fictitious township and convert boundaries to chains and links.
Students can manipulate the distances and express them in different systems. Chains, for example can be converted to miles and acres, even hectares (1 hectare = 100 m per side). There are, for example, 4 rods to a chain, and 10 chains to 1 furlong.
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