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Problems from Another Time

Individual problems from throughout mathematics history, as well as articles that include problem sets for students.

How long does it take a single man to do work when...
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
Now there is a wall 5 feet thick and two rats tunnel from opposite sides.
Find the height of a window.
A man entered an orchard through 7 gates, and there took a certain number of apples. When he left the orchard, he gave the first guard half the apples he had and 1 apple more.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
A tree 100 units high is 200 units distant from a well; from this tree one monkey climbs down and goes to the well...
Age
My age is a number consisting of two digits, 1/2 of this number is a mean proportional between these two digits, and two years hence, my age will be a third proportional to the same two digits, directly as they stand in my present age.
Thirty flasks-10 full, 10 half-empty, and 10 completely empty- are to be divided among 3 sons so that flasks and contents should be shared equally. How may this be done?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions

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