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Let Y = area of the yellow square and G = area of the green square. Then Y  G = the area of the yellow border. Since the area of a square is just the square of the side length, we know But we are also told that the area of the green square (G) is one third the area of the yellow border (YG), so: G = (^{1 }/_{3 })(YG), hence x^{2 } = (^{1 }/_{3 }) ( (x + 1)^{2 }  x^{2 } ) 3x^{2 } = ( x^{2 } + 2x + 1  x^{2} ) This gives two answers, but one of them is negative, which doesn't fit the idea of a side length, so we can ignore it. Therefore x = 1, so the green square has sides of 1 unit each, and the yellow square has sides of 2 (that's x + 1) units each. In this case, I needed to solve a quadratic equation by factoring, but I could have used the quadratic formula if I couldn't easily factor it. When you use this method for your concentric circles, you'll get the right answer to your question. Hope this helps,
 


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