Posted by **Optimus Prime** on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 10:23pm.

The seats in a theater are arranged in parallel rows that form a rectangular region. The number in each row is 16 fewer than the number of rows. How many seats are in each row of 1161 -seat theater?

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**Optimus Prime**, Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 10:28pm
PLEASE ANSWER OPTIMUS PRIME'S QUESTION OR I'LL DIE!

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**Reiny**, Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 10:37pm
let the number of rows be x

let the number of seats in each row be x-16

x(x-16) = 1161

x^2 - 16x - 1161 = 0

(x-43)(x+27) = 0

x = 43 or x = -27 but x > 0

x = 43

there are 43 rows with 27 seats in each

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