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A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
Two wine merchants enter Paris, one of them with 64 casks of wine, the other with 20.
A father wills his estate valued at $40, 000 to his three children. Before the settlement one of the children dies. What should the other two receive?
A wooden beam is stood vertically against a wall. The length of the beam is 30 units.
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?
Imagine an urn with two balls, each of which may be either white or black. One of these balls is drawn and is put back before a new one is drawn.
Given a door and a measuring rod of unknown dimensions, the rod is used to measure the door.
An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."
A certain merchant increases the value of his estate by 1/3...
The history of apportionment of representatives in the U.S. Congress, from the 1790s until today, along with a discussion of the mathematics involved in the various methods.