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?

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- Apr 24th 2012, 01:39 PMe11588Algebra 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, 03:45 PMskeeterRe: Algebra help!
- Apr 24th 2012, 04:34 PMstudenthelp10Re: Algebra help!
if x is length of shortest piece -

common sense would be x+2x+3x=17 - Apr 24th 2012, 04:53 PMskeeterRe: Algebra help!
- Apr 24th 2012, 04:55 PMstudenthelp10Re: Algebra help!
haha whoops

- Apr 24th 2012, 04:56 PMstudenthelp10Re: Algebra help!
my bad it would be:

x+(x+2)+3x=17