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Question from dawn, a parent:

a state flag was twice as long as it was wide and had an area of 288 sq inches, what were its, dimensions

Hi Dawn,

First the area of a rectangle is its length times its width. Suppose the width of the state flag is x inches. What is its length? What is the length times the width? This is the area so it must be 288 square inches. Solve for x.

I hope this helps,

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