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QUESTION: Hello:

As someone knowledgeable in geometry, perhaps you can answer my question regarding measurements.  When the dimensions of something are measured, are the length, width, and height/depth given in the order as I have indicated, that is, length first, width second, and then height or depth third?

I thank you for your reply.

ANSWER: Hi Kenneth,

Indeed, dimensions are typically represented as length x width x depth (or front x side x height, if you prefer).  When there are only two relevant dimensions, the height is listed last.

Thanks for asking,
Azeem

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QUESTION: Hello:

I want to thank you for the reply.

What is the difference between height and depth?

Which is more accurate length x width x depth or length x width x height?

I thank you again for your assistance!

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Hello Kenneth,

Height refers to distance to the ground.  Depth can refer to that, but it can also refer to the distance to the back (e.g. the depth of a filing cabinet).  Many people use "height" and "depth" interchangeably.  I would say height is more accurate, but one may be more clear depending on the context.

Regards,
Azeem

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Azeem Hussain

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I welcome your questions on algebra, 2D and 3D geometry, parabolic functions and conic sections, and any other mathematical queries you may have.

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4 years as a drop-in and by-appointment tutor at Champlain College. Private tutor for dozens of clients over the past 8 years.

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CALPHAD: Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry

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Bachelor of Science, Major Mathematics and Major Economics, McGill University, 2014. Diploma of Collegiate Studies; Pure and Applied Science, Champlain College Saint-Lambert, 2010.

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