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Problems from Another Time

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

Find the greatest value of y in the equation a4 x2= (x2 + y2)3.
Four men already having denari found a purse of denari; each man has a different amount of denari before they found the purse. Find out how much denari each man has.
A square walled city of unknown dimensions has four gates, one at the center of each side.
A gentleman has bought a rectangular piece of land whose perimeter is to be 100 rods; and he is to pay 1 dollar for each rod in the length of the land and 3 dollars for each rod in the breath of the land.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
How long does it take a single man to do work when...
There are two piles, one containing 9 gold coins, the other 11 silver coins.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
Given the dimensions of an isosceles trapezoid find the length of the transversal drawn parallel to the bases that divides the trapezoid into 2 equal areas.
There is a mound of earth in the shape of a frustum of a cone.

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