# A Boy and a Half

Pro Problems > Math > Algebra > Equations > Word Problems > Linear > Rate and Time## A Boy and a Half

A boy and a half can eat a cookie and a half in a minute and a half. How long, in seconds, would it take 5 boys to eat 8 cookies?

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