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Problems from Another Time

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

There is a mound of earth in the shape of a frustum of a cone.
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?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
A circle, a square and an equilateral triangle all have the same perimeter equal to 1 meter. Compare their areas.
A gentleman has a garden of rectangular form and wants to construct a walk of equal width half way round to take up half the garden. What must be the width of this walk?
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 cog-wheels, one having 26 cogs, and the other 20 cogs, run together. In how many revolutions of the larger wheel will the smaller gain in 12 revolutions?
A certain merchant increases the value of his estate by 1/3...
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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