a landscaper is creating a rectangular flower bed such that the width is half of the length. The area of the flower bed is 34 square feet. Write and solve an equation to determine the width of the flower bed, to the nearest tenth of a foot
As for this problem, we will first establish that the length of the flower bed be represented as x, the width of the flower bed be represented as x/2 ,and the area of the flower bed be taken as it is since it is given. We then follow the formula for area which is length multiplied to width which is: A = LW we then substitute them 34 square feet = x (x/2) now all we need to do is find x first. 34 square feet = x squared / 2 now do a cross multiplication 68 square feet = x squared then get the square root of both sides 8.246 feet = x Since x is equal to the length of the flower bed, all we have to do to get the width of it is to divide it by 2. So... W = x/2 W = 8.246 feet / 2 W = 4.123 feet And since the problem asked it to find the width of the flower bed to the nearest tenth of a foot, the answer would be 4.1 ft.