# A 48 inch balsa wood stick is to be cut into 2 pieces so that the longer piece is 3 times the shorter. What is the length of each piece?

Jun 3, 2018

I tried this:

#### Explanation:

Call the length of the shorter $x$; you get:

$3 x + x = 48$

so:

$4 x = 48$

$x = \frac{48}{4} = 12 \text{in}$

so, the two pieces have lengths of $12 \mathmr{and} 36 \text{in}$