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Problems from Another Time

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

Fibonacci gave a practical rule for approximating the area of an equilateral triangle.
A railway train strikes a snowdrift which creates a constant resistance. How long does it take the snow to stop the train?
One military horse cannot pull a load of 40 dan; neither can 2 ordinary horses, nor can three inferior horses.
Gun metal of a certain grade is composed of 16% tin and 84% copper. How much tin must be added to 410 lbs. of this gun metal to make a composition of 18% tin?
Now there are six-headed four legged animals and four-headed two-legged birds. Find the total number of animals and birds.
Two wine merchants enter Paris, one of them with 64 casks of wine, the other with 20.
The three sides of a triangular piece of land, taken in order, measure 15, 10, and 13 chains respectively.
Seven men held equal shares in a grinding stone 5 feet in diameter. What part of the diameter should each grind away?
Given a pyramid 300 cubits high, with a square base 500 cubits to a side, determine the distance from the center of any side to the apex.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.

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