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7/9/2016 17:45:41
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cmorton557
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15:33:16
The length of a rectangular label is 3 centimeters less than twice the width. The perimeter is 54 centimeters. Find the Width. Define your work with the unknown quantities in terms of variable. Please help. I don't even know where to begin.
7/29/2017 17:19:23
   
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Yang
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17:55:57
2 * width = length - 3
2 * width + 2 * length = 54 cm

that means:
2w = L - 3
=>
w = (L - 3)/2
=>
((L-3)/2) * 2 + L * 2 = 54
=>
L - 3 + 2L = 54
L + 2L = 57
3L = 57
L = 57 / 3
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