posted by Jay .
The area of a rectangle is 20 square inches. The length of the rectangle is 1 inch longer than the width. What are the length and width of the rectangle?
width -- x
length -- x+1
x(x+1) = 20
x^2 + x - 20 = 0
(x+5)(x-4) = 0
x = 4 or a silly answer of x = -5
width is 4, length is 5
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