# Finding the length of a pool with a variable given as the width...

• Jul 17th 2010, 03:19 PM
dclary
Finding the length of a pool with a variable given as the width...
I am sure that this problem is very basic, but unfortunately, algebra is not my strong point. The problem states:

The width of a pool is x. The length of the pool is 6 more than the width. What is the length of the pool?

When I first seen this, I immediately thought of x + 6, meaning the length is 6 more than the width but that just seems too easy and it is not really specifying the length.

Is this a trick question and x + 6 is the answer or am I missing something?
If someone could explain this to me, I would really appreciate it.
• Jul 17th 2010, 04:43 PM
skeeter
Quote:

Originally Posted by dclary
I am sure that this problem is very basic, but unfortunately, algebra is not my strong point. The problem states:

The width of a pool is x. The length of the pool is 6 more than the width. What is the length of the pool?

When I first seen this, I immediately thought of x + 6, meaning the length is 6 more than the width but that just seems too easy and it is not really specifying the length.

Is this a trick question and x + 6 is the answer or am I missing something?
If someone could explain this to me, I would really appreciate it.

length = x + 6 ... that's all.
• Jul 17th 2010, 04:47 PM
dclary
Hi Skeeter,

Thank you for the quick reply. I tend to over analyze things and thought I was right, but like I said, I thought it was just too easy. Thanks again, I really appreciate it. Maybe one of these days this algebra stuff will sink in :-)