# Algebra help!

• Apr 24th 2012, 12:39 PM
e11588
Algebra help!
An artist wants to cut a 17 foot pipe into three parts. If the longest part is to be 3 times as long as the shortest part, and the middle sized part to be 2 feet longer than the shortest part, how long should each part be?
• Apr 24th 2012, 02:45 PM
skeeter
Re: Algebra help!
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Originally Posted by e11588
An artist wants to cut a 17 foot pipe into three parts. If the longest part is to be 3 times as long as the shortest part, and the middle sized part to be 2 feet longer than the shortest part, how long should each part be?

let x = length of the shortest piece ...
• Apr 24th 2012, 03:34 PM
studenthelp10
Re: Algebra help!
if x is length of shortest piece -

common sense would be x+2x+3x=17
• Apr 24th 2012, 03:53 PM
skeeter
Re: Algebra help!
Quote:

Originally Posted by studenthelp10
if x is length of shortest piece -

common sense would be x+2x+3x=17

not quite ...

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the middle sized part to be 2 feet longer than the shortest part
... that would not be 2x. how would you write "2 ft longer than x" ?
• Apr 24th 2012, 03:55 PM
studenthelp10
Re: Algebra help!
haha whoops
• Apr 24th 2012, 03:56 PM
studenthelp10
Re: Algebra help!