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Wolfram | Alpha: Acres per square mile? (oddities)

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  • Subject: [mg101146] Wolfram | Alpha: Acres per square mile? (oddities)
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 07:13:04 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University

Just out of curiosity (and a current need for info) (and to start 
learning about W|A), typed:
   Acres per square mile

into Wolfram | Alpha. Results came back (had to do a little hand editing 
of the following):

      Assuming U.S. acres for "acres" 
      international acres
      commercial acres
      Irish acres
      Hungarian acres

   Input interpretation:


   Unit conversions:

      0.3861 acres per square kilometer
      6.323 square meters per acre
      0.1563 hectares per square kilometer
      0.4047 hectares per square mile
      0.003861 acres per hectare

Don't see "640" there anywhere! -- and something seriously wrong with 
that first unit conversion? (not to mention all the others) -- or at 
least the way it's phrased -- more like 250 acres per square kilometer?

Went to M7, tried

      Convert[Acre, Mile^2]


Went to Units Tutorial:  Seems odd to see "Centimeter", "Meter", 
"Micron", "Mile", and a bunch of arcane units listed there -- but NOT 
"Kilometer"???  ("Gram" and "Kilogram" are in there).

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