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Linear equations Two friends rent an apartment for $975 per month. Since one bedroom is 60 square feet larger than the other bedroom , each person's rent contribution is based on the bedroom size. Each person agrees to pay $3.25 per square foot of bedroom size. Let x be the area of the larger bedroom, and let y be the area of the smaller bedroom. Write and solve a system of linear equations to find the area of each bedroom.

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This question is strangely worded and does not pertain to floppy drives. However, taking all information here as given and sufficient enough to form the equations, you arrive at the following:
X=Y+60

60(3.25) = 195 One tenant must pay $195 more for his extra 60square ft.
(975-195)/2=390 The remaining rent (assuming the given info is all that is needed to solve)
390/3.25=120 is divided between the two and represents the rent of the smaller bedroom.
y=120 sq ft The rent of the smaller room holder is divided by $3.25 to reach the sq ft.
so,
x=180 sq ft

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