Posted by **Willow** on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 3:54pm.

The perimiter of a lot is 190 meters. The width is one-fourth of the length. Find the dimensions.

Here's my system of equations:

2w + 2L = 190

1/4L = w

What would I do from here? I prefer the elimination method. Would I multiply the second equation by 4? When I did so, it kind of messed up the equation.

Thanks! :)

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**Reiny**, Monday, February 23, 2009 at 4:06pm
I would use substitution, but if you insist on using elimination, multiplying the second equation by 4 gives you

L = 4W or 4W - L = 0

now double that:

8W - 2L = 0 , now the first:

2W + 2L = 190, now add them

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I'm sure you can finish it.

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**Willow**, Monday, February 23, 2009 at 4:09pm
Did you get w = 19 and L = 76?

Thanks! :)

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**Reiny**, Monday, February 23, 2009 at 4:32pm
yes, correct!

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