The number of points in an inch is a frequently asked subject on online forums. The goal is frequently to print a page with 1-inch or 2-inch lettering. The forum responses are always, or nearly always, that 1 inch is 72 points, and hence 2 inches is 144 points. This article explains why this response is wrong.
First, let's look at an actual printed page. It's from the Gutenberg Bible and it measures 21 by 27 inches. If we divide the length by the width, we get about 1.05, which is close to one inch in size.
Now, what happens if we want to write across two pages? The conventional answer is that it depends on how long your word is. If it's shorter than one inch, then you need more than one page. But if your word is longer than one inch, then you only need to move down one line at a time until you reach one inch, at which point you should start writing again at the top of the next page.
This seems like a reasonable rule of thumb, but it turns out that it isn't correct. The reason is that each point represents a certain amount of information, and most words aren't single points but rather lines or curves. As such, they take up space.
A letter-sized sheet is 215.9 x 279.4 millimeters (8.50 × 11.00 inches) in size. It has a PostScript dimension of 612 x 792 points. The point size number is listed as 023 on the print command line.
In Word, there are 72 points per inch, therefore your nine inches of vertical space is worth 648 points. When you divide this by the amount of lines you want on the page (25), you get 25.92 points per line. This is your line spacing, and it's an important figure to remember; you'll need it shortly.
The point size affects how much space one letter occupies. Smaller points mean more letters per inch/point. Larger points mean less ink overall. One way to think about it is that smaller points use up ink faster.
Let's look at some point sizes in action. A standard typewriter font has points around 7-8. Most computer fonts are set with points around 10 or 11. If you print out articles from popular websites like The New York Times or Wikipedia, they're usually set using 12-point type.
12 points is considered small today, but back in the day it was the norm. 14 points was considered large.
It's very easy to make text look bigger or smaller by changing the point size. If you want to make sure that objects are evenly spaced, however, you'll need to know how many points there are between each one.
Here are some examples:
9 points - Each line is 1.11 inches long.
10 points - Each line is 1 foot long.
Write to the point: If you write 2-2.5 pages to the point for a 15-mark question, you can obtain 11–12 marks, which is plenty. If you're not confident about the answer but only want to fill the pages, use the rule of half, which is 2.5–3 pages for a 5 mark question and 5–6 pages for a 10 mark question.
So, if you know that an essay should be between 6 and 8 pages long, then you should write no more than 8 pages to avoid failing the assignment.
There are people who say you should never write more than what is required by the question. However, this is wrong because writing over the limit reduces your chance of getting a good grade for the essay. It is better to keep it simple rather than trying to be fancy or using big words that mean nothing to the average reader.
As far as content is concerned, you need to cover all aspects of the topic in your essay. You should include examples from history books or articles to support your arguments. Try not to copy directly from the source material presented earlier in the examination. In addition, you should not rely solely on memory when writing your essay. Take some time to plan and outline the structure before starting to write.
Finally, proofread everything twice before submitting your work. Spelling mistakes and grammar errors can cost you points in this type of assignment. So make sure you don't make any mistakes while writing!
If double space is employed, about 2 pages indicates no more than 550 words. Two pages equals two pages. So, keep it succinct and attempt to fit everything inside the two pages allotted.
Word Count Pages
|Word Count||Pages (single spaced)||Font Size|
|250 Words||½ Page||12 Point|
|300 Words||⅔ Page||12 Point|
|400 Words||⅘ Page||12 Point|
|500 Words||1 Page||12 Point|