# Difference between revisions of "2016 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 9"

## Problem

Carl decided to in his rectangular garden. He bought $20$ fence posts, placed one on each of the four corners, and spaced out the rest evenly along the edges of the garden, leaving exactly $4$ yards between neighboring posts. The longer side of his garden, including the corners, has twice as many posts as the shorter side, including the corners. What is the area, in square yards, of Carl’s garden? $\textbf{(A)}\ 256\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 336\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 384\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 448\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 512$

## Solution

To start, use algebra to determine the number of posts on each side. You have (the long sides count for 2 because there are twice as many) 6x = 20 + 4 (each corner is double counted so you must add 4) Making the shorter end have 4, and the longer end have 8. ((8-1)*4)*((4-1)*4) = 28*12 = 336

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