Posted by **carson** on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 9:37pm.

Mrs Olive gave her 4 children a sack of candy to share. Mark ate 1/2 of the candy in the sack and passed the sack to Rachel. Rachel ate 1/3 of the remaining candy and passed the sack to Fred. Fred then ate 1/4 of the candy that remained and passed the sack to Britany. Britany ate the last 12 pieces of candy. How many pieces of candy did Mark eat?

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**Steve**, Monday, October 29, 2012 at 12:57am
original amount = x

mark ate x/2, leaving x/2

Rachel ate 1/3(x/2) = x/6, leaving x/3

Fred ate 1/4(x/3) = x/12, leaving x/4

Britany ate 12 = x/4

so, x=48

check

Mark ate 24, left 24

Rachel ate 8, left 16

Fred ate 4, left 12

Britany: 12

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