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    Hello to all,
    I'm struggling to set up an equation for the following word problem:
    A farmer has a roll of 100ft. fencing. He wants to enclose a rectangular patch of sides X and 50-X. For what values of X will the area of the patch be 600ftsq.?

    PLEASE HELP. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by B1GG13 View Post
    Hello to all,
    I'm struggling to set up an equation for the following word problem:
    A farmer has a roll of 100ft. fencing. He wants to enclose a rectangular patch of sides X and 50-X. For what values of X will the area of the patch be 600ftsq.?

    PLEASE HELP. Thanks
    area is length times width right?

    so if the area of the fence must be 600 ft^2, then we must have:

    A = x(50 - x) = 600 \implies \boxed {x^2 - 50x + 600 = 0} now solve for x
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    Thank you. I knew i was making it hard then it really was.
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