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5-49.

Melissa wants to re-sod her yard (replace the grass). Her backyard has a rectangular lawn area that measures $24\frac{1}{2}$ feet by $18$ feet. Her front yard has two rectangular areas, one of which measures $18\frac{1}{2}$ feet by $14\frac{1}{2}$ feet. The other measures $12\frac{1}{2}$ feet by $14\frac{1}{2}$ feet. How many square feet of sod does Melissa need? Show all of your work clearly.

Drawing a diagram like the one below should be helpful in this problem.

 length $24.5 \text{ ft}$ rectangle$\space$$\space$ width$18 \text{ ft}$
 width$14.5 \text{ ft}$ $\space$rectangle length$18.5 \text{ ft}$
 length$14.5 \text{ ft}$ $\space$rectangle width$12.5 \text{ ft}$