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Problems from Another Time

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

Having been given the sum of two numbers,a, and the difference of their squares,b, find the numbers.
Suppose a man had put out one cent at compound interest in 1620, what would have been the amount in 1824, allowing it to double once in 12 years?
A circle, a square and an equilateral triangle all have the same perimeter equal to 1 meter. Compare their areas.
Determine the greatest cylinder that can be inscribed in a given cone.
A square walled city measures 10 li on each side. At the center of each side is a gate. Two persons start walking from the center of the city.
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.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
A lady being asked how old she was at the time of her marriage replied that the age of her oldest son was 13; that he was born 2 years after her marriage...
Seven men held equal shares in a grinding stone 5 feet in diameter. What part of the diameter should each grind away?

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