# How do you determine the length of each of the ribbons if Nadia takes a ribbon that is 48 inches long and cuts it in two pieces where one piece is three times as long as the other?

Oct 9, 2014

Nadia has a ribbon whose length is 48 inches.She cuts the ribbon into two pieces, one has the length 'a ' unit. the other piece has the length 3.a or 3a.

the total length of the ribbon is 48 inches.

a + 3. a = 48 inches

4a = 48 inches

divide both sides by 4

$\left(4. \frac{a}{4}\right)$ = $\left(\frac{48}{4}\right)$

a = 12.