Marie has a square piece of cloth. She needs another piece with a length 2 inches shorter than the side of the square piece and a width 2 inches longer. The area for the new piece of cloth is 780 in^2. What will be the dimensions of the new piece of cloth?

A: ?

1. (x-2)(x+2) = 780

x^2 - 4 = 780

x^2 = 784

Solve for x, then x+2 and x-2.

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