Posted by Sandy on .
A 143m wire is cut into three pieces. The second is 3m longer than the first. The third is 4/5 as long as the first. How long is each piece?

Crocket 
Ms. Sue,
Let x = the first piece
x + x + 3 + 0.8x = 143
2.8x + 3 = 143
2.8x = 140
x = 50 meters 
Crockett 
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