Posted by anonymous on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 7:04pm.
just translate the "English" into Math
"The length of a rectangle is twice the width" -----> L = 2w
"If the length is increased by 4 inches" -----> 2w + 4
"the width is decreased by 1 inch" ---> w+1
"perimeter is 198 inches" ----> 2(2w+4) + 2(w+1) = 198
Solve for w, let me know what you got
typo error, should have been
"the width is decreased by 1 inch" ---> w-1
"perimeter is 198 inches" ----> 2(2w+4) + 2(w-1) = 198
i got x= 32
correct, so the original width was 32 in and the length was 64 inches.
That is how far I got on my paper, but my teacher says I need to find the new length and width as well. How would I go about doing that?
well, didn't we call the new length 2w+4, put in w=32 to get 68
and didn't we call the new width w-1, put in w=32 into that to get 31
check: new perimiter = 2(68)+2(31)
=136+62
=198 !!!!
Oh,thank you so much so much for your time, i understand now!=)