Matthew’s kite string is three times as long as Joseph’s. If the strings were tied together, they would reach a tenth of a mile. How long is each? (1 mile = 5280 feet.)
x = length of Joseph’s kite string
3x = length of Matthew’s kite string {Matthew’s kite string is three times as long as Joseph’s} one tenth of a mile = 528 feet {divided 5280 by 10} x + 3x = 528 {added the two strings together and set equal to 528} 4x = 528 {combined like terms} x =132 {divided each side by 4} 3x = 396 {substituted 132, in for x, into 3x} Joseph’s kite string is 132 feet Matthew’s kite string is 396 feet Ask the House
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