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17.06.2020

For the record, the formula for the area of a rectangle is A = LW.

8a) Clearly write out the equation you would use to answer the question.

8b) Answer the question. What will the dimensions be? Please write your answer as a complete sentence with appropriate units.

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09.07.2023, solved by verified expert

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8a)

x = width

x+3 = length, since its 3 ft longer than the width

A = length*width

A = LW

A = (x+3)*x

A = x^2+3x

Set this equal to 108 since this is the area of the rectangle.

x^2 + 3x = 108=========================================================

8b)

x^2+3x = 108

x^2+3x-108 = 0

Use the quadratic formula with a = 1, b = 3, c = -108

Ignore the negative solution because we cannot have a negative width.

x = 9 is the width

x+3 = 9+3 = 12 is the length being 3 longer.

The rectangle is 12 ft by 9 ft to get an area of 12*9 = 108 sq ft, which confirms the answer.

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