# SOLUTION: The width of a rectangle is 7m more than the length. Find the dimensions if the area is 60 sq. meters.

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 Question 404627: The width of a rectangle is 7m more than the length. Find the dimensions if the area is 60 sq. meters.Answer by algebrahouse.com(1079)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!"The width of a rectangle is 7m more than the length. Find the dimensions if the area is 60 sq. meters." x = length x + 7 = width {width is seven more than the length} x(x + 7) = 60 {length x width equals area of a rectangle} x^2 + 7x = 60 {used distributive property} x^2 + 7x - 60 = 0 {subtracted 60 from both sides} (x + 12)(x - 5) = 0 {factored into two binomials} x + 12 = 0 or x - 5 = 0 {set each factor equal to 0} x = -12 or x = 5 {solved each equation for x} length cannot be negative x = 5m {length} x + 7 = 12m {width} www.algebrahouse.com