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The area for a four sided shape is length * width = area.

We have the area at 17. We know that length = width. We designated length and width as x. Our new equation is

x * x = 17, or x2 = 17.

Now we have to isolate x.

x = sqrt(17).

Solving for x, we get x = 4.123.

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