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You are planting a rectangular garden. It is 5 ft longer than 3 times its width. The area of the garden is 250 ft^2. Find the dimensions of the garden.

I set it up like this: 3x +5 = 250 where x=8l.7. Is this correct so far, if so what do I do next? Thanks

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    L = 5 + 3 w

    L w = 250 so L = 250/w
    then
    250/w = 3 w + 5
    250 = 3 w^2 + 5 w

    3 w^2 + 5 w - 250 = 0

    (3 w - 25 ) (w + 10 ) = 0
    w = -10
    or
    w = 25/3 use + 25/3

    L = 250 *3/25 = 30

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