The area of the concrete pathway is 350m2 and its perimeter is 90m. what is the length of the pathway?
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we assume that the pathway is rectangular, with some length 'l' and some width 'w'
the area is then "A=lw" and the perimeter is "P=2l+2w"
this gives this system of equations:
350=lw, so that l=350/w
we substitute '350/w' for 'l' and solve for 'w':
and find that 'w' can be either '35' or '10'
this gives two possibilities for 'l':
l=350/35 = 10
l=350/10 = 35
Since this is a pathway, it makes sense that the width is the smaller dimension, giving a width of 10m and a length of 35m