Posted by Michelle on .
Robert has a rectangular garden that is currently 180ft^2 and has a perimeter of 54ft He wants to increase the size of his garden by 5 ft in both directions. What will be the area of his expanded garden?
A)
340
B)
74
C)
135
D)
900

mathDUE TONIGHT PLEASE HELP 
Reiny,
let the width be x
let the length be y
so we know 2x + 2y = 54
x + y = 27
and y = 27x
new width = x+5
new length = y+5 = 27x + 5 = 32x
Isn't area = length x width ?
old garden:
x(27x) = 180
x^2 + 27x  180 = 0
x^2  27x + 180 = 0
(x15)(x12) = 0
x = 15 or x = 12
then y = 12 or y = 15 (symmetric solution)
so the garden was 15 by 12
take it from there