# Thread: oh boy... kinda lost, square

1. ## oh boy... kinda lost, square

a square is to be cut from each corner of a 8in x 11in, sides are folded...Area of bottom = 50 in. find the size of each square to be cut from corner

Here's a nice visual of your problem. Does it give you inspiration, or do you need an explanation?

3. explaination

4. Originally Posted by eah1010
explaination
Alright, look at the diagram in the link.

Notice that the sides of the box are the same size as the cut?

So if the paper is 8x11, than the base is $(8-x)\times(11-x)$ where $x$ is the length of each cut.

So your job is to find $x$ using the equation: $(8-x)\times(11-x)=50$

Can you do that?