math
posted by melissa on .
from one piece of wood , Sam cut two 9 1/2 in. strips for 2 sides of a frame. He cut two 11 3/4 in . strips each for the other 2 sides Sam had 5 1/2 in.of wood left. How long was the piece of wood when he started ?

(2 * 9.5) + (2 * 11.75) + 5.5 = x
19 + 23.5 + 5.5 = x
48 = x