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1-87.

Write and solve an equation or a system of equations to help you solve the following problem.

A cable 84 meters long is cut into two pieces so that one piece is 18 meters longer than the other. Find the length of each piece of cable. Homework Help ✎

Let *L* = length of the longer piece, *S* = length of the shorter piece.

Write an equation for, "A cable 84 meters long is cut into two pieces."

Write an equation for, "One piece is 18 meters longer than the other."

Solve the system of equations.

The shorter is 33 meters, and the longer is 51 meters.