1. ## Perimeter/Area word problems

I feel so stupid for even asking these two questions right now...but I feel like I'm missing something.

1. The perimeter of a rectangle is 72 centimeters. The base is 3 times the height. What are the dimensions of the rectangle? What is the area?

I was thinking is went something like this: 72 = 3x + x
Height = x
Base = 3x

What am I doing wrong?

2. The area of a rectangle is 27 square feet. The base is 3 more than twice the height. What are the dimensions of the rectangle? What is the perimeter?

Base = 3 + 2x
Height = x

Same thing...but I'm still getting it wrong...
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

2. 1. For the first question, remember that your rectangle has four sides, two of length x and two of length 3x.

2. You got the idea. Now solve $\displaystyle x(2x + 3) = 27$.

3. Ok, thanks man!