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A history of algebra from its early beginnings to the twentieth century.
A four-sided town measures 1100 feet on one side and 1000 feet on the other side, on one edge 600 and the other edge 600.
What is the sum of the following series, carried to infinity: 11, 11/7, 11/49, etc.?
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?
Greek ladders for approximating square roots may be more ancient than the ancient Greeks. Students at any level can appreciate their beauty and simplicity. Those who have studied calculus can compare them with Newton's Method for approximating roots.
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.
Two excellent volumes on Euler in honor of his three hundredth birthday
A person has a circular yard that is 150 ft. in diameter, and wishes a walk of equal width made round it within the fence...
Two merchants, A and B, loaded a ship with 500 hhds (hogshead) of rum; A loaded 350 hhds, and B the rest; in a storm the seamen were obliged to throw overboard 100 hhds; how much must each sustain of the loss?
An interesting problem from Banneker's notebook as well as other problems to use with students.