# Video: Finding the Length of a Rectangle given a Relation between Its Dimensions

𝑊𝑋𝑌𝑍 is a rectangle where 𝑍𝑌 = 9𝑥 − 8 and 𝑊𝑋 = 8𝑥 + 1. Find 𝑊𝑋.

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### Video Transcript

𝑊𝑋𝑌𝑍 is a rectangle where 𝑍𝑌 is equal to nine 𝑥 minus eight and 𝑊𝑋 is equal to eight 𝑥 plus one. Find 𝑊𝑋.

So we’ve been told that 𝑊𝑋𝑌𝑍 is a rectangle and asked to find 𝑊𝑋 which is the length of one of the sides of the rectangle. We’ve been given an expression for its length in terms of the variable lowercase 𝑥. It is equal to eight 𝑥 plus one. We’ve also been given an expression for the opposite side of the rectangle 𝑍𝑌, which is equal to nine 𝑥 minus eight.

In order to find the length of the side 𝑊𝑋, we need to find the value of the variable lowercase 𝑥. Let’s think about how we can use the information we’ve been given to do this. Well, a key fact about rectangles is that opposite sides are equal in length. For our rectangle, this means that 𝑍𝑊 and 𝑌𝑋 are equal in length.

But also more usefully, the sides 𝑍𝑌 and 𝑊𝑋 are equal in length. As we’ve been given expressions for the lengths of these two sides, we can equate them, giving the equation nine 𝑥 minus eight is equal to eight 𝑥 plus one. We can now solve this equation in order to find the value of the variable 𝑥. First we add eight to each side of the equation, giving nine 𝑥 is equal to eight 𝑥 plus nine.

Next, I want to group all of the 𝑥 terms on the same side of the equation. So I’ll subtract eight 𝑥 from each side. This gives 𝑥 is equal to nine. So we’ve solved the equation and found the value of 𝑥. Remember, in this question, we’re asked to find the length of the side 𝑊𝑋. 𝑊𝑋 is equal to eight 𝑥 plus one. So we need to substitute the value that we have calculated four 𝑥 into this expression.

This gives eight multiplied by nine plus one. Eight multiplied by nine is 72, and adding one gives 73. We haven’t been given any units to use in this question, so the length of 𝑊𝑋 is 73.