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# I have one Algebra word problem that I really need help on, is anyone up for it?

Topic: How to write a word problem into an equation
July 17, 2019 / By Filbert
Question: Brian is creating a collage on a piece of cardboard that has an area of 110r3 square centimeters. The collage is covered entirely by pieces of paper that do not overlap. Each piece has an area of √r^5 square centimeters. Use the given information to determine an expression for the total number of pieces of paper used. Can someone please tel me how I would solve this. Or could you just write this in equation form, I have trouble doing so. Word problems just aren't my best. Please and thank you to whoever is able to help me! :) The cardboard that has an area of 110r3 square centimeters Each piece has an area of √r^5 square centimeters I hope that helps!

## Best Answers: I have one Algebra word problem that I really need help on, is anyone up for it?

Daniel | 3 days ago
Since each piece of paper has the same area ( √r^5 cm^2 ) You need to put √r^5 into exponential notation --> √r^5 = r^5/2 This can be thought of in two ways a) the square root of r taken to the fifth power or b) finding the square root of the fifth power or r. they are equivalent Multiply it by a variable and set it equal to 110r^3 cm^2. N(r^(5/2) ) =110 r^3 N = 110 r^3 / (r^(5/2)) = 110 r^(3 - (5/2)) = 110r^(1/2) N = 110 r^(1/2) = 110√r
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Originally Answered: I need help with a puzzle problem/algebra word problem?
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Originally Answered: I need help with a puzzle problem/algebra word problem?
I don't know what the 5-step method is but what you have to do is just interpret the problem and be careful while manipulating the constants and unknowns. Take the first sentence. Eddie's age is 4 times Marco's I'll use E for Eddie's age and M for Marco's. The first sentence gives you this equation M=4E. Now you need another equation to solve this since we have two unknowns. Use the next sentence, In 10 years Eddie will be twice as old as Marco will be, which implies (M+10)=2(E+10) You add 10 years to ages that were given before. Now, you have two equations and two unknowns, solve for one of the variables and plug that into the other equation. M=4E this equation is already solved for M so plug that into the other equation, (M+10)=2(E+10) the M in this equation is going to become 4E (4E+10)=2(E+10) Now, distribute the 2 on the right hand side. 4E+10=2E+20 Subtract 10 and 2E to both sides. 2E=10 Divide by 2 E=5 Now just use any of the two equations to find M. M=4E So M=4(5) Thus M=20