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A marching band is performing in a rectangular arrangement, with a width of w people. The length consists of seven less people, or w - 7. In the second stage of their performance, the band re-arranged to form a rectangle with a width of w - 3 people, and with a length of w - 5 people. How many people are in the marching band?

matth99 Jun 25, 2018

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The number of people in the first formation is w ( w - 7)

The number of people in the second formation is ( w - 3) ( w - 5)

Since the number of people in each formation is the same, we can set these equal to solve for w.....

w ( w -7) = ( w - 3) ( w - 5)

w^2 - 7w = w^2 - 8w + 15 subtract w^2 from both sides

-7w = -8w + 15 add 8w to both sides

x = 15

So....using either of the first two expressions....the number of people in the marching band is

w ( w - 7) =

15 ( 15 - 7) =

15 * 8 =

120 people

P.S. - check to see that ( w - 3) ( w - 5) gives the same result....

CPhill Jun 25, 2018