Hi Vicky1997,

Jan has a gift box that occupies a space of cubic feet.

The shipping container has cubic feet of space.

The difference between the shipping crate's volume and the gift box is cubic inches.

Looks like she'll need 6 bags if each bag contains 1 cubic foot and we're filling even with the top of the shipping box.

The base of the shipping crate is 2 feet by 2 feet. To find the height that one bag of 1 cu ft of peanuts would cover, we solve this:

So the peanut depth is foot or 3 inches.

Now if she places the square side down (1.5 by 1.5), we can determine that there will be square feet left around the gift box. So we do what we did before. We're dumping another 1 cubit feet of peanuts around the gift box. Solve this:

which is of a foot higher. Counting the other foot along with this we are now at feet deep or about 9.9 inches.

If she dumps another bag in, that will raise the height of the peanuts to another feet to make the depth now at or about 16.7 inches.

That is clearly over the top of the 12 inch gift box.

Now, this was a lot of arithmetic, and there may be errors. Check it over to see if it sounds logical to you. Maybe one of the other MHF helpers will check my work. Good luck.