Question 198566: A rectangular flower bed 30 yards long by 24 yards wide has a walk of uniform width around it. If the area of the path is 1/4 that of the flower bed, find the width of the path. Answer by solver91311(16897) (Show Source):
The rectangle described by the outer edge of the path has to be by . Furthermore, the entire area of the flower bed and path together has to be times the area of the flower bed by itself (one whole flower bed plus 1/4 of a flower bed):
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