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Greg intends to place a 300 square foot pool in his back yard. if the width of the pool is 5 ft shorter then the length, what are the dimensions of the pool?

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We have

L (L-5) = 300  simplify

L^2 - 5L= 300

L^2 - 5L - 300 = 0   factor, if possible

(L  -20) (L + 15) = 0        so ..  setting the factors to 0, we have that L = 20 and L = -15

Reject the -15

So

L = 20

And the width is 5 less  = 15

CPhill  Mar 1, 2015
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avatar+80983 
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Best Answer

We have

L (L-5) = 300  simplify

L^2 - 5L= 300

L^2 - 5L - 300 = 0   factor, if possible

(L  -20) (L + 15) = 0        so ..  setting the factors to 0, we have that L = 20 and L = -15

Reject the -15

So

L = 20

And the width is 5 less  = 15

CPhill  Mar 1, 2015

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