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Problems from Another Time

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

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?
There is a round town 8000 feet in circumference.
The king of France entered into a battle and was defeated. How many soldiers did he have before he was defeated?
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
What is the perpendicular height of a cloud when its angles of elevation were 35 degrees and 64 degrees as taken by two observers at the same time...
Now there are six-headed four-legged animals and four-headed two-legged birds placed together.
When knowing the sum of their ages along with another equation, determine how old a father and son are.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Two men brought their fish through customs. Find how much the fish cost, and what is the customs fee.
A California miner has a spherical ball of gold, 2 inches in diamter, which he wants to exchange for spherical balls 1 inch in diameter. How many of the smaller spheres should he receive?

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