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A board is 48 inches long. It must be divided into four pieces of equal length and each cut will cause a waste of 3/16 inch. How long will each piece be after the cuts?

12 inches
11 55/64 inches*
11 1/16 inches

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  1. correct, only 3 cuts are needed, so

    4x + 3(3/16) = 48
    x = 759/64

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  2. 48 - 3*3/16 = 47.4375 in.
    47.4375in./4 = 11.8594 in. each.

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