Posted by Tom on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:20am.
Tom decides to make a rectangular desk top from a plywood door that was stored in the basement. The door was 2 feet longer than twice its width. To get the desired size desk he cuts 3 inches off its length and 1/2 foot off its width. If the plywood he cut off had a total area of 9 1/2 feet, what were the original dimensions of the door?

algebra  PsyDAG, Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 3:10pm
Let x = original width, then 2x+2 = length.
x(2x+2)  (2x+1.75) * (x.5) = 9.5
Solve for x, then 2x+2