The length of a rectangular field is 5 meters more than its width. Its area is 300 square meters. How long is the field?

Usually whatever comes after "than" is what you let x equal

x = width

x + 5 = length

Area of a rectangle is length x width

x(x + 5) = 300

x2+ 5x = 300 {distributive property}

x2+ 5x - 300 = 0 {subtract 300 from both sides}

(x + 20)(x - 15) = 0 {factor into 2 binomials}

x + 20 = 0 or x - 15 = 0 {set each factor equal to 0}

x = -20 or x = 15 {width cannot be negative}

x = 15 width

x + 5 = 20 length

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x = width

x + 5 = length

Area of a rectangle is length x width

x(x + 5) = 300

x2+ 5x = 300 {distributive property}

x2+ 5x - 300 = 0 {subtract 300 from both sides}

(x + 20)(x - 15) = 0 {factor into 2 binomials}

x + 20 = 0 or x - 15 = 0 {set each factor equal to 0}

x = -20 or x = 15 {width cannot be negative}

x = 15 width

x + 5 = 20 length

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