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Problems from Another Time

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

Suppose a ladder 60 feet long is placed in a street so as to reach a window 37 feet above the ground on one side of the street...
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.
Twenty-three weary travelers entered a delightful forest. There they found 63 numerically equal piles of plantain fruit.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
A certain bishop ordered that 12 loaves be divided among his clergy.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
Now there are three sisters who leave home together.
Two men starting from the same point begin walking in different directions. Their rates of travel are in the ratio 7:3.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions