Posted by **Gaby** on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 7:50pm.

The ratio of the lengths of two pieces of ribbon is 1:3. If 4 ft were cut from each piece, the sum of the new lengths would be 4 ft. How long would each piece be ?

- Algebra -
**Reiny**, Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 1:07am
length of original pieces : x and 3x

length of pieces after 4 ft cut off from each : x-4 and 3x-4

x-4 + 3x-4 = 4

4x = 12

x = 3

original pieces were 3 ft and 9 ft.

check:

new pieces: -1 and 5 , whose sum is 4 ?????

Even though the solution makes sense arithmetically, in reality this is a dumb question.

how can you cut off 4 ft from a ribbon only 3 ft long?

## Answer this Question

## Related Questions

- algebra - a piece of wire that is 58cm long is cut into three pieces. the ...
- Math - Jenna is cutting ribbon to make bows. She has two lengths of ribbon, one ...
- geometry - a 10-inch-long board is cut into two pieces that have lengths in the ...
- geometry - A board that is 12 feet long must be cut into 2 pieces that have ...
- geometry - for that some problem: A board that is 12 feet long must be cut into ...
- geometry - A board that is 19 feet long must be cut into two pieces that have ...
- geometry - For that problem: A board that is 12 feet long must be cut into 2 ...
- math - STRING LENGTHS: You have two pieces of string. One is 27 cm long. The ...
- math - jenna has two lengths of ribbon, one 24 inches one 36 inches. she want to...
- math 5th grade - Lynda cut 3.2 meters of ribbon into equal-size pieces. Each ...