You have the original square:

decrease the sides by 2 and the area decreases by 36:

From the first equation

Then we have:

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- June 28th 2007, 02:13 PM #1

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## hey everybody i have one more PLEASE HELP

if the sides of a square are decreased by 2 cm, the area is decreased by 36cm^2, what were the dimensions of the original square.

im thinking that dimension is the sides

a=s^2 right? i forget the formulas.

sides = x-2

area= x-36cm^2

if this is right so far can you help me from here or correct what i have and explain. thanks

- June 28th 2007, 02:29 PM #2