# The side of a square is 4 centimeters shorter than the side of a second square. If the sum of their areas is 40 square centimeters, how do you find the length of one side of the larger square?

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Jan 19, 2016

#### Answer:

**The length of the side of larger square is 6 cms**

#### Explanation:

Let 'a' be the side of the shorter square. Then by condition, 'a+4' is the side of larger square. We know the area of a square is equal to the square of it's side. So