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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dclary View Post
    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.
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    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 :-)
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