The difference of the areas of two squares is 375 square feet. Each side of the larger square is four times the length of a side of the smaller square. Find the length of a side of each square.

x = side of small square

4x = side of large square

To get the area of a square, just square one side.

(4x)² - x² = 375 {difference of areas is 375}

16x² - x² = 375 {squared 4x}

15x² = 375 {combined like terms}

x² = 25 {divided both sides by 15}

x = 5 {took square root of both sides}

4x = 20 {substituted 5, in for x, into 4x}

each side of small square is

**5 ft**

each side of large square is

**20ft**

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