# math

how wide is a rectangular table with a length of 2/3 yard and an area of 1/2 square yard

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1. Area for a rectangle is width times length.

A=W*L

Define the variables.
A= 1/2 yards^2
L= 2/3 yards
W=?

Then isolate the variable Width (w).
W = A/L

Width = 1/2 yards^2/(2/3 yards)

If you're uncomfortable using fractions within fractions, you can manipulate the equation into a fraction times fraction by switching the numerator and denominator of one of the bottom fraction (in this case 2/3 yards).

Width=(1/2)*(3/2) = .75 yards

So the answer is 0.75 yards.

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2. Eschew -- I like your name -- but shouldn't be "Eschew Obfuscation"?

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