Posted by **Michelle** on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 8:14pm.

I'm doing some word problems on finding the areas of rectangles, its just like all complicated. I don't understand how to do them. For example:

A square field had 3 m added to its length and 2m added to its width. The area is 90 m2(squared). Find the length of a side of the original field.

So first you get (x+3)(x+2)=90, right?

then you get x2+5x+6=90

then x2+5x=84

How do you go on? How do you figure out x? I don't get it! I have other problems like those, could you tell me how to figure out a problem with x2 and something x = a number in general? Please help!

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