Edward C. answered • 02/03/15

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Let W = width, L = length

We know W = L - 5

The perimeter is W + L + W + L = 26

Substituting L - 5 for W in the perimeter equation gives

(L - 5) + L + (L - 5) + L = 26, so

4L - 10 = 26

4L = 36

L = 9 and W = L - 5 = 4.

So the length is 9 meters and the width is 4 meters