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Problems from Another Time

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

In how many ways can a vowel and a consonant be chosen out of the word "logarithms?"
Find the area of the elliptical segment cut off parallel to the shorter axis;
A number of 3 digits in base 7 has the same three digits...
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
If two Post-boys, A and B at 59 miles distance from one another, set out in the morning in order to meet...
Given the frustum of a circular cone with height h.
The square of a certain number multiplied by itself and by 200 is 446,976. What is the number?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Suppose that for every 4 cows a farmer has, he should plow 1 acre of land, and allow 1 acre of pasture for every 3 cows; how many cows could he keep on 140 acres?
An official asks a woman why she has so many bowls to wash. The woman explains that she had dinner guests who ate meat, rice, and soup. Judging by the number of bowls, how many guests were there?