Posted by **carole** on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 4:56pm.

A piece of lumber which is 55 inches long is cut into two parts such that 2 times the larger part will be 12 more than 5 times the smaller part. How long are each of the pieces of lumber?

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**Steve**, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:47pm
Just make symbols out of the words, sentence by sentence.

two parts: x and 55-x

We can let x be the larger piece.

2x = 12 + 5(55-x)

2x = 12 + 275 - 5x

7x = 287

x = 41

so, the pieces are 41" and 14"

check:

82 = 12 + 70

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**kit kat**, Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 7:14pm
6 = a/4 + 2

Is the answer 16? That's what i got

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