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A seminar of faculty from colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, meeting monthly at Villanova University.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
I found a stone but did not weigh it; after I added to it 1/7 of its weight and then 1/11 of this new weight, I weighed the total at 1 mina. What was the weight of the stone?
Page 7, Who's That Mathematician: Images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection: Blackwell, Halmos, Boas, Bollobas, Bombieri, Mumford, Bonsall, Rankin
The cost per hour of running a certain steamboat is proportional to the cube of its velocity in still water. At what speed should it be run to make a trip up stream against a four-mile current most economically?
This is a page from a manuscript of the Algebra (Maqalah fi al-jabra wa-al muqabalah) of Omar Khayyam (1048-1131). This work is known for its solution of the various cases of the cubic equation by finding the intersections of appropriately chosen conic sections.
The sum of the two digits of a 2-digit number is 9. If 45 is subtracted from the number, the result will be expressed by the digits in reverse order. Find the number.
Two men start walking at the same time and travel a distance. One is walking faster and completes the journey sooner. How fast did each man travel?
There are two piles, one containing 9 gold coins, the other 11 silver coins.
The MAA's annual summer Mathfest will take place in Knoxville, TN from August 10-12, 2006.

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