Students in an environmental club are planning a garden with four rectangular plots of land separated by stone paths, as shown. The stone paths will have the same width.

16 ft x 8 ft

**a.** The students plan to cover 80 square feet of path with stone. Write and solve an equation to find the width of the paths.

**b. **In part (a) you used one solution of an equation to find your answer. *Explain *how you chose which solution to use.

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#1**+1 **

What are the dimensions of the rectangles? 18 ft x ? ft (can't read the depth on RHS).

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#2**+2 **

Sorry, the pic was blurry. The dimensions of the rectangle are 16 ft and 8 ft.

GAMEMASTERX40
Apr 7, 2018

#3**+3 **

area of stone path in sq ft = 16x + 8x - x^{2}

area of stone path in sq ft = 24x - x^{2} Plug in 80 for the area of the stone path.

80 = 24x - x^{2} Add x^{2} to both sides of the equation

x^{2} + 80 = 24x Subtract 24x from both sides.

x^{2} - 24x + 80 = 0 What two numbers add to -24 and multiply to 80 ? -20 and -4 .

(x - 20)(x - 4) = 0 Set each factor equal to 0 and solve for x .

x - 20 = 0 or x - 4 = 0

x = 20 or x = 4

The width of the paths must be less than the lengths of the sides of the big rectangle,

so x must be less than 16 , and x must be less than 8 .

Since 20 is too large for the width of the paths, the only solution is x = 4

hectictar Apr 7, 2018