# Mary and Laura's Cookies

Pro Problems > Math > Algebra > Equations > Systems of Equations > Non-Linear## Mary and Laura's Cookies

Mary and Laura Ingalls each receive a cookie. Because they are thoughtful children, they want to share with their little sister Carrie. Because their math skills aren't very advanced, they each eat half of a cookie, but then realize that leaves a full cookie for Carrie.

How much should each girl eat in order to share equally among the three sisters?

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