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### Length of a Rectangle Side

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Date: 8/24/96 at 19:28:24
From: Anonymous
Subject: Length of a Rectangle

I need an equation for this problem:

The length of a rectangle is 9 cm more than half the width. Find the
length if the perimeter is 60 cm.
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Date: 8/25/96 at 15:15:32
From: Doctor Robert
Subject: Re: Length of a Rectangle

Let x be the width of the rectangle.  Then x/2 is half the width,
and the length is x/2 + 9.

Now the perimeter - which is 60 cm - would be 2 widths plus 2 lengths, so

60 = 2(x) + 2(x/2 + 9)

Can you take it from here?

-Doctor Robert,  The Math Forum
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Middle School Geometry
Middle School Triangles and Other Polygons

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