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A 10m by 20m pool is to be surrounded by a deck of uniform width. The area of the deck is twice the area of the pool, what is the width of the deck?

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  1. Pool A=10 x 20 = 200
    Deck A=200(2)=400
    Total Area=400+200=600
    (10+x)(20+x)=600
    200+10x+20x+4x^2=600
    4x^2+30x-400=0
    did quadratic equation, got 10 or -20
    Added 10 to length & width
    20 x 30 =600, which is the total area. Therefore the deck is 20 x 30, would 20 be the width. IS THIS CORRECT?

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    posted by Lorrie
  2. Is this right?

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    posted by Lorrie
  3. x is the total amount added. Since you get x=10, that means that 5m was added on each side.
    I'm interested in how you made this calculation:

    (10+x)(20+x)=600
    200+10x+20x+4x^2=600

    Where did the 4x^2 come from? looks like answer analysis to me. In addition, you did not solve that equation, or you would not have come up with the answer. Looks like you figured it out by inspection and then tried waving your hands to posit a reasonable-looking equation.

    The proper equation, since the amount added was x on each side, or 2x total, is

    (10+2x)(20+2x) = 600
    200+60x+4x^2 = 600
    or, dividing by 4,
    x^2+15x+50 = 150
    x^2+15x-100 = 0
    (x+20)(x-5) = 0
    x = 5

    So, the amount added all around is 5m, making the total area

    20x30 = 600 m^2

    Doing it your way, with x as the total added, you should have had

    x^2+30x-400 = 0
    (x-10)(x+40) = 0
    x = 10 or -40
    With x=10, that's 5 on each side.

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    posted by Steve
  4. I tried this question two ways,
    (10x+2x)(20x+2x)-did quadratic equation instead of factoring & got incorrect answer so I did (10+x)(20+x)with quadratic equation & got 5 or -20, chose 5 & sub'ed into area to check but when typing in here I typed the 4x^2 from my formula in my first attempt into the 2nd attempt equation instead of x^2, that is where I got mixed up, otherwise I did get x=5 on paper. Had not did drawing, so forgot to add to each side of the width & length. I can see where I went wrong,I was on the right track. Thank you for clarifying,

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