candygirl200:

Ben fenced his backyard using 350 feet of fencing. The width of his yard is 12 feet less than twice the length. Write an equation that can be used to determine the dimensions of his yard and solve.

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candygirl200:

sure u could help

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"The width of his yard is 12 feet less than twice the length." w = 2l - 12 Where, w = width l = length

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Going to assume that this is a rectangular backyard (as they usually are). The formula for the perimeter of a rectangle can be written as, P = 2l + 2w Where P is the perimeter

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Right now we have three variables. P, w, and l In order to solve for a variable in any algebraic equation, we must have only ONE unknown. "Ben fenced his backyard using 350 feet of fencing." With this sentence we know that P = 350ft as a fence goes around the "perimeter" Then with that information we start working some magic with our two equations that I showed. w = 2l - 12 P = 2l + 2w We will be using the second one as it expresses the dimensions of the yard in terms of the perimeter. We can replace P with 350ft 350ft = 2l + 2w We have w defined in our earlier equation, so we can do $350ft = 2l + 2(2l - 12)$

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Are you with me so far?

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candygirl200:

yes

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$350 = 2l + 2(2l - 12)$ We solve for our unknown, the length $350 = 2l + 4l - 24$ $350 = 6l - 24$ $374 = 6l$ $l = \frac{ 187 }{ 3 }$

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Where do you think we go from here?

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candygirl200:

plug in to find w

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Exactly. Which equation would we use?

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candygirl200:

the original one

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We can use both P = 2l + 2w and w = 2l - 12, but it is easier to use the second one since it is already in terms of w. $w = 2l - 12$ $w = 2(\frac{ 187 }{ 3 }) - 12$ $w = \frac{ 374 }{ 3 } - 12$ $w = \frac{ 374 }{ 3 } - \frac{ 36 }{ 3 }$ $w = \frac{ 338 }{ 3 }$

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Do you understand how I got this?

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candygirl200:

yes thanks

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