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Problems from Another Time

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

What is the value of X...
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
On a day in spring a boy has gathered cherry blossoms under a cherry tree. Nearby a poet is reading some of his poems aloud. As he reads, the boy counts out the cherry blossoms, one blossom for each word of a poem.
Two circles, the sum of whose radii is a, are placed in the same plane with their centers at a distance 2a...
Given four integers where if added together three at a time their sums are: 20, 22, 24, and 27. What are the integers?
Three congruent circles of radius 6 inches are mutually tangent to one another. Compute the area enclosed between them.
In the figure at the left, if the radii of each inscribed circle is 1, what are the dimensions of the bounding rectangle?
Determine the radii of three equal circles decribed within and tangent to a given circle, and also tangent to each other
There is a four sided field.
The radius of a circle is 3.20 meters. Compute to within .001m the areas of the inscribed and circumscribed equilateral triangles.

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