The length of a rectangle is three less than twice the width. If the perimeter is 24 inches, what are the length and width of the rectangle?

x = width

2x - 3 = length {length is 3 less than twice width}

Perimeter of a rectangle is 2(width) + 2(length)

2x + 2(2x - 3) = 24 {perimeter is 2(width) + 2(length)}

2x + 4x - 6 = 24 {used distributive property}

6x - 6 = 24 {combined like terms}

6x = 30 {added 6 to both sides}

x = 5 {divided both sides by 6}

2x - 3 = 7 {substituted 5, in for x, into 2x - 3}

**width = 5 inches**

length = 7 inches

length = 7 inches

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