Frances is sewing a border around 2 rectangular tablecloths that each measure 9 feet long by 6 feet wide. If it takes her 3 minutes to sew on 1 inch of border, how many minutes will it take her to complete her sewing project? Write an expression, and then solve.

The perimeter of a rectangle is - 2 x (length + breadth). 

Also, 1 feet = 12 inches.

So, the dimensions of the tablecloth are 108 inches long by 72 inches wide. So, the total perimeter of the table cloth is -> 2 x (108 + 72) = 360 inches.  

So, time taken for 1 tablecloth = 360 x 3 = 1080 minutes.

And, Time taken for 2 tablecloths = 1080 x 2 = 2160 minutes.

So, to complete her sewing project, Frances will take a total of 2160 minutes (36 hours).

9 by 6 = 54 x 12 = 648 x 3 = 1944 x 2 = 3888minutes
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Trust Me 9 x 6 = 54ft make into inches = 648in. 3 per in. 648 x 3 = 1944. 2 rectangles so 1944 x 2 = 3888

Hi Dannymal - I would like to clarify here that we are not calculating the area of the rectangular tablecloth. We are calculating the perimeter of the tablecloth since the question clearly says that - "Frances is sewing a border around 2 rectangular tablecloths". So we only have to calculate the total border of the tablecloth and not its area. So, I am very sorry to say that your answer is INCORRECT.


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