Math
posted by Melea .
A string is cut in half,and one of the halves is used to bundle newspapers. Then one fifth of the remaining string is cut off. The piece left is 8 feet long. How long was the string originally? Please work this out. The anwser is 20 ft. THANKS

(1/2)(4/5)x = 8
x = 8(2)(5/4) = 20
4/5 ?
after taking 1/5 away you are left with 4/5
Respond to this Question
Similar Questions

math
A 24inch piece of string is cut into two pieces. One piece is used to form a circle and the other is used to form a square. How should the string be cut so that the sum of the areas is a minimum? 
math
a piece of string is cut in half, so that one half can be used to tie newspapers, one third of the remaining string is cut off to tie a parcel. the leftover string is 2m long. how long was the whole string 
Ogle
A string is cut in half, and one of the halves is used to bundle newspapers. Then one fifth of the remaining string is cut off. The piece left is 8 feet long. how long was the string originally. 
math
Gary has a length of string for making a yoyo that is fiftyseven and onehalf inches long. He wants to cut that in half to get the proper length. Which expression can be used to find the length of each piece of string? 
maths
Christopher has cut three pieces of string to three kites.two pieces are equal length. rhw third pieces is one half of the lenght of each of the others. he cut out the three pieces from a roll of string 70 meters long without any String … 
Math
A ball of string is 23m long. 8.3m is cut off. A further 3.49m is cut of string is left? 
math
Mrs lim had a ball of string of length 26 m. she cut 5 m of string to tie up some parcels. the remaining string was then cut into 4 equal pieces. what is the length of each piece of string? 
math
a ball of string is 50 yards long. a shipper uses 5 yards of string to tie packages, the remaining string is then cut into 7 equal pieces. what is the lengths of each of the 7 pieces of string? 
Math
If I cut 30 feet of string into 8 pieces of equal length how long was each piece of string? 
algebra
A rope is cut into three and onethird is used. Then onefourth of the remaining rope is cut off and used. The piece left is 6 meters long. How many meters long was the rope originally?