Posted by **Diana** on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:09pm.

the width of a rectangle is 1 ft less than the length, the area is 6 ft^2, what is the length and width? thank you

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**Damon**, Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:23pm
L * (L-1) = 6

L^2 -L -6 = 0

(L-3)(L+2) = 0

take it from there

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**bobpursley**, Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:24pm
L*W=area

L(L-1)=6

solve for L

L^2-L-6=0

(L-3)(L+2)=9

L=3, W=2

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**diana**, Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 5:15pm
thanks bob, for all your help

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