Kristina T.

asked • 01/12/16# given: 8.5"*11" page with 1.5" margins on all four sides.

figure the width of three that will fit evenly between the margins of the page along with .25" between each box. how wide will the boxes be to fit between the margins?

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## 1 Expert Answer

The 1.5" margin all around reduces the usable area to:

(8.5 - 1.5 -1.5) x (11 - 1.5 - 1.5)

5.5" x 8"

Three boxes have two spaces (of 0.25") between them. That makes it 3x+2(0.25) = 3x + 0.50

The usable width of the page:

5.5 = 3x + 0.5

5.0 = 3x

5/3 = x

**x = 1 2/3"**width of each box

The usable height of the page:

8 = 3y + 0.5

7.5 = 3y

**2 1/2" = y**height of each box

Mark M.

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Well organized, yet (I think) a minor error.

Assume the boxes are stacked horizontally. The horizontal measure would be 5.5" (they extend to the margins). The vertical would be (8 - 0.5) / 3 or 2.5".

Assume the boxes are upright. The vertical measure would be 8" (they extend to the margins). The horizontal would be (5.5 - 0.5) / 3 or 1 2/3 inches.

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