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This is probably simple and I'm overlooking something

1 mile = 5280 feet

10% of a mile is 528 feet

528 feet squared is 278,784 feet which is 52.8 miles squared

But 0.1 miles squared is .01 miles squared

So depending on if you square it as 0.1 miles, or if you convert it to feet, then square it and convert it back, you get wildly different answers

Why is this.? Not sure why I thought of this.

Thanks in advance

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# Seeming paradox when squaring distance depending on units

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