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Problems from Another Time

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

Twenty-three weary travelers entered a delightful forest. There they found 63 numerically equal piles of plantain fruit.
In how many ways can a vowel and a consonant be chosen out of the word "logarithms?"
Having been given the lengths, a and b, of two straight lines drawn from the acute angles of a right triangle to the middle of the opposite sides, determine the lengths of those sides.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
Given the frustum of a circular cone with height h.
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Two men starting from the same point begin walking in different directions. Their rates of travel are in the ratio 7:3.
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?

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