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a 17 foot piece of string is cut into two pieces so that the longer piece is 5 feet longer than twice the shorter piece. If the shorter piece is x feet long, find the lengths of both pieces.

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    x + (2x+5) = 17

    Calculate for x, then 2x+5.

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    3x=17-5
    3x=12
    x=12/3
    x=4

    FOR 2x+5
    =2(4)+5
    =8+5
    =13

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