# The perimeter of a rectangle is 30 inches and its area is 54 square inches. How do you find the length of the longest side of the rectangle?

##### 1 Answer

Apr 8, 2016

9 inches

#### Explanation:

Let's begin by considering the perimeter (P) of the rectangle.

Let the length be l and the breadth be b.

Then P = 2l + 2b = 30

we can take out a common factor of 2 : 2(l+b) = 30

dividing both sides by 2 : l + b = 15 →

b = 15 - lnow consider the area (A) of the rectangle.

# A = lxxb = l (15 - l) = 15l - l^2 # The reason for writing b = 15 - l , was so that we would have an equation involving only one variable.

Now have to solve :

# 15l - l^2 = 54# multiply by -1 and equate to zero.

hence

#l^2 - 15l + 54 = 0 # To factor require 2 numbers that multiply to 54 and sum to -15.

hence length = 9inches and breadth = 15-9 = 6inches.