A straight fence is to be constructed from posts 6 inches wide which are separated by chain link sections that are 7 feet long. If the fence must begin and end with a post, which of the following could NOT be the length of the fence?

22.5 feet


The fence consists of posts separated by chain link so, for each chain link section, there's one post on each side. Because adjacent chain link sections share the post between them, each section will be the length of a post + the length of a chain section long.
In this problem, each post is 6 inches (or \(\frac{1}{2}\) foot) long and each chain section is 7 feet long making each post + chain section \(7 \frac{1}{2}\)feet long. But, because the fence must end with a post, we need one more post on the last section of the fence which adds another \(\frac{1}{2}\) foot to the total length.
The equation for the possible lengths of the fence then becomes \(7\frac{1}{2}n + \frac{1}{2}\)where n is the number of post + chain sections. So, of the possible answers, only 22.5 feet could not be the length of the fence because it would require n to be a fractional value (i.e. not a whole section of fence).

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