how many acres is this?

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  1. centexguy

    centexguy Well-Known Member

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    My neighbor has a parcel of land that ajoins mine that I want to buy. I measured it today, and it was approx. 520'x400x800x130x800. five sides.I guess it must be 7-8ac.
    Anyone give me a little help in figuring this out? :shrug:
     
  2. farmergirl

    farmergirl Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It has five sides, not 4? Guess I'm just used to living "in the box" ;) Seriously though, you can search online for the square footage of an acre and figure it out from there.
     

  3. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Draw it out in scale, make a triangle secondary line across the sharpest point's outside cornors, use the triangle formula to figure that portion seperately; and then the trapizodial (sp) formula on what remains, combine the results and divide by the square foot per acre.

    Lets see who is not too lazy to do this....
     
  4. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    a square acre measures 208.71 ft. on each side.

    @43560 sq. ft.
     
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    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    That gives me a headache.... :eek:
     
  6. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    First you need to figure out square footage, as moopups said, then you need to divide it by the square footage in an acre, as Meloc said.
     
  7. Hurricane Kurt

    Hurricane Kurt Well-Known Member

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    Using 520x800x520x800 in a simple acreage calculator it says 9.55 acres.

    Kurt
     
  8. JAK

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    The above method is best. There are various surveying formulas but the exact area can vary for those same lengths depending on the angles. I believe the maximum area would be achieved if all the corners fit on the same circle, but I haven't seen a proof of this theorem. It might also be that the sides need to run tangent to an inner circle instead, or also. Not sure. I am not sure if the order in which you place the sides matters, as long as you follow whichever rule it is. Another theory to test and prove. Anyhow, these are all moot points as the land probably does not have this shape anyhow.

    As a very rough guess you could add up the length of all sides, multiple that number by itself, and divide by 16. This would be close if the land is roughly squarish. If it is more roundish with many sides, you could devide by 13. If it is roughly a rectangle twice as long as wide, you would divide by 18. If it was very triangular in shape, you might divide by 21, or worse.

    My guess given the numbers would be to use 18.

    520+400+800+130+800= 2650 ft
    2650 x 2650 /18 = 390,139 ft2
    7,022,500 ft2 / 43,560 ft2/acres = 8.96 acres

    9 acres is a good guess, +- 1 acre
     
  9. Hurricane Kurt

    Hurricane Kurt Well-Known Member

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    Forgot to mention... I just added the 130 to 400 and made it 520 instead of 530 so its equal to the opposite side. Should be a close estimate anyway.

    Kurt
     
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    ROFLMBO.
     
  11. JAK

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    That would still depend on most of the angles being more or less square, which they probably are. Good job. My guess of 9 acres +- 1 acre still holds, but it would have to have some pretty crazy jags to get down to 8 acres given those dimensions, which it might. 9 to 9.5 acres would be most likely.

    p.s.
    Perhaps the best guess is 9 acres + how much you like it - how badly he wants to sell it. Then you might have to factor in the wives. :)
     
  12. Fire-Man

    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You are app 420,000sqft, divided by 43,560 gives you app 9.6 acre------This is my Guess, but should be close!! Randy
     
  13. poppy

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    I'd forget it and try to buy something easier to figure on the other side.
     
  14. palani

    palani Well-Known Member

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    Say 9.0 acres m/l
     
  15. centexguy

    centexguy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help. 9ac sounds about right. its sort of a skinny pentagon shape.
     
  16. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    LOL, well the formula to figure out the area of this polygon is:

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    but wait... that's for the 3d model...

    so your formula would be:

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    ummm, ok, just go with around 9 acres...
     
  17. moonwolf

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    I think it's just under 7..25 acres by judging that the 800 ft. lenght is taken twice, so eliminate one of those 800 ft. numbers.
    That leaves 520 x 400 or 208,000 sq. ft.
    add to that the 130 x 800 or 104,000 sq. ft.
    divide that by 43,560 sq. ft./acre
    and I get 7.16 acres.
    I think your first guess is closer than 9 acres.
    mostly this is my hunch though. :shrug:
     
  18. jnap31

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    I hate algebra I knew I should have never looked at this thread.
     
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  20. KindredSpirit

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    I am lazy, so I would look at the tax roll. They give the acreage after the legal description. I am not sure where you are located, but a lot of times the tax roll is on the internet under your county and state's website.