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Problems from Another Time

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

Twenty-three weary travelers entered a delightful forest. There they found 63 numerically equal piles of plantain fruit.
If a ball 6 inches in diameter weighs 32 lbs, what will be the weight of a ball 3 inches in diameter?
A certain bishop ordered that 12 loaves be divided among his clergy.
Find the two numbers such that multiplying one by the other makes 8 and the sum of their squares is 27
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
How high above the earth must a person be raised that he [or she] may see 1/3 of its surface?
Now there are three sisters who leave home together.
Two men start walking at the same time and travel a distance. One is walking faster and completes the journey sooner. How fast did each man travel?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
There is a four-sided field whose eastern side measures 35 paces, its western side 45 paces, its southern side 25 paces and its northern side 15 paces. Find the area of this field.