Posted by **Lauren** on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 9:27pm.

I know the answer, but is there a formula to show work?

Amy had a piece of wire 96 inches long. She cut the wire into 3 pieces. The second piece was 6 inches longer than the first piece. The third piece is 9 inches longer than the second. What was the length of each piece of wire?

The answers I got were 25,31,40. But it was from trial and error from 3/96=32

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**Reiny**, Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 9:35pm
first piece : x

second piece : x+6

third piece : (x+6)+9 = x+15

x + x+6 + x+15 = 96

3x = 75

x = 25

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**DrBob222**, Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 9:39pm
F = length of FIRST piece.

S = length of SECOND piece.

T = length of THIRD piece.

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F + S + T = 96

In addition we know,

S = F+6

T = S+9 which = F+6 + 9.

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Substitute into F + S + T = 96

for F.

F + F+6 + F + 6 + 9.

Solve for F, then S, then T.

The answers are the same as yours by trial and error.

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