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Problems from Another Time

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

The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
In Archimedes' Book of Lemmas (ca 250), he introduces a figure that, due to its shape, has historically been known as "the shoemaker's knife" or arbelos.
Two circles, the sum of whose radii is a, are placed in the same plane with their centers at a distance 2a...
Three congruent circles of radius 6 inches are mutually tangent to one another. Compute the area enclosed between them.
Problems from a 15th century French manuscript, including one with negative solutions
In a certain lake, swarming with red geese, the tip of a lotus bud was seen to extend a span [9 inches] above the surface of the water.
Determine the radii of three equal circles decribed within and tangent to a given circle, and also tangent to each other
The radius of a circle is 3.20 meters. Compute to within .001m the areas of the inscribed and circumscribed equilateral triangles.
What number which being increased by 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 of itself, the sum shall be 75?

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