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# How do you solve this problem?

Topic: Steps to solving a word problem
May 25, 2019 / By Candida
Question: Please help, I'm doing algebra 2 summer work and it's stressing me out. I need help solving this word problem: A room's length is 3 feet less than twice its width. The area of the room is 135 square feet. What are the room's dimensions? I'm really confused because I tried substituting the variable of 'l' with 2w-3 so I could set up an equation that read 2w-3*w=135 but when I solved it I came out with radical 69 equal to w and when I went back and plugged it into the equation it didn't work. It would be helpful if you showed me the steps so i knew how to do it, thank you.

## Best Answers: How do you solve this problem?

Amber | 9 days ago
You must have two independent equations to solve for the two variables, L (length) and W (width): A = LW = 135 L = 2W - 3 Substitute L into the first equation and solve for W: (2W - 3)W = 135 2W² - 3W - 135 = 0 (2W + 15)(W - 9) = 0 Therefore, W = -15/2 and W = 9. Since the width cannot be negative, then W = 9 is the only solution. Substitute W = 9 into the second equation and solve for L: L = 2W - 3 = 2(9) - 3 = 15 Thus, the room is 15 feet long and 9 feet wide.
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Wally
let the length be L and width be W L is 3 ft less than twice W L = 2w - 3...........(1) Area = L x W = 135 from (1) (2w - 3) x W = 135 2W² - 3W =135 2W² - 3W - 135 = 0 2W² + 15W - 18W - 135 = 0 W(2W + 15) - 9(2W + 15) = 0 (2W + 15) (W - 9) = 0 Therefore 2W + 15 = 0 OR W - 9 = 0 neglecting the negative value W = 9 ft L = 2 x 9 - 3 = 15 Dimensions are Length = 15 ft and width = 9 ft Area = L x W = 15 x 9 = 135 which tallies with the data
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Rudy
Let's call the width w. "A room's length is 3 feet less than twice its width." So the length is 2w - 3 "The area of the room is 135 square feet." So w * l = 135 sq ft w * (2w - 3) = 135 2w^2 - 3w = 135 2w^2 - 3w - 135 = 0 w = (-(-3) +/- sqrt((-3)^2 - 4 * 2 * -135)) / (2 * 2) w = (3 +/- sqrt(9 + 1080)) / 4 w = (3 +/- sqrt(1089)) / 4 w = (3 +/- 33) / 4 w = 36/4 or -30/4 w = 9 or -7.5 Obviously w cannot equal 9.5, so w = 9 and l = 2 * 9 - 3 = 15.
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Morton
Taking your equation (2w-3)(w)=135 2w²-3w=135 2w²-3w-135=0 using Quadratic equation: w=(3±√9+1080) / (4) w=(3±33) / (4) Width cant be negative so, we will take only: w=(3+33) / (4) w=9 feet Hence, the width of the room will be 9 feet and the length will be 15 feet.
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Kell
let the width = w length= 2w-3 now, length* width = area i.e. (2w-3)* w= 135 i.e. 2w^2 -3w = 135 i.e. 2w^2 - 3w - 135=0 i.e. 2w^2-18w+15w -135=0 i.e. 2w(w-9)+15(w-9)=0 i.e. (2w+15)(w-9)=0 either 2w+15=0 i.e. w= -15/2 which is impossible because width never -ve. or, w-9=0 i.e. w=9 therefore, width= 9 ft and length= (2*9 - 3)ft.= 15 ft.
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Herk
You wrote this in your question yet, it is not just a typo on your part, right? 2w^2-3w-135=0 Solve that and you get the width. It looks like you will need the quadratic formula, which is so long winded that I am not going to do it here. Make sure you take the positive value of w, and remember that L=2w-3 W=w Area= Lw
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