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    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?
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    Re: Algebra help!

    Quote Originally Posted by e11588 View Post
    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 ...
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    Re: Algebra help!

    if x is length of shortest piece -

    common sense would be x+2x+3x=17
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    Re: Algebra help!

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

    common sense would be x+2x+3x=17
    not quite ...

    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" ?
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    Re: Algebra help!

    haha whoops
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    Re: Algebra help!

    my bad it would be:

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