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Three congruent circles of radius 6 inches are mutually tangent to one another. Compute the area enclosed between them.
A boy gives 11 coins of equal denomination to a man, and the man finds that their total value in yen is 4 less than his age.

The author constructs a possible mathematical path from the ancient Babylonians to Pythagoras, Euclid, and the ancient Greeks.

In order to encourage his son in the study of arithmetic, a father agrees to pay him 8 pennies for every problem solved correctly and to charge him 5 pennies for each incorrect solution.
Mathematics is often referred to today as the "science of patterns." But has this always been true historically, or is this something that happened in recent times? The question is discussed here with reference to the work of Euclid and Jacob Steiner.
An official asks a woman why she has so many bowls to wash. The woman explains that she had dinner guests who ate meat, rice, and soup. Judging by the number of bowls, how many guests were there?
Two men have a certain amount of money. The first says to the second, "If you give me 5 denari, I will have 7 times what you have left."
A horse, halving its speed each day, travels 700 miles in 7 days. How far does it travel each day?
The Joint Mathematics Meetings are being held in New Orleans, LA from January 5-8, 2007.

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