Posted by **ismackyourfacewithabanana!** on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 3:51pm.

The area of a playground is 221 yd^2. The width of the playground is 4 yd longer than its length. Find the length and width of the playground.

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**drwls**, Monday, March 28, 2011 at 4:01pm
Solve w*(w-4) = 221

Width is usually less than length for a rectangle, but that is not the case here.

Try factoring

w^2 - 4w -221 = 0, and

take the positive root.

You should end up with integers for the length and the width.

w-4 is the length.

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**ismackyourfacewithabanana!**, Monday, March 28, 2011 at 4:02pm
Thank you :)!

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