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Problems from Another Time

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

Three hundred pigs are to be prepared for a feast.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
A circle is inscribed in an isosceles trapezoid. Find the relationship of the radius to the sides.
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 carpenter has undertaken to build a house in 20 days. He takes on another man and says; "If we build the house together, we can accomplish the work in 8 days!" How long would it take this other man to build the house working alone?
A fox, a raccoon, and a hound pass through customs and together pay 111 coins.
A fellow said that when he counted his nuts by twos, threes, fours, fives and sixes, there was still one left over; but when he counted them by sevens they came out even. How many did he have?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
A general formed his men into a square, that is, an equal number in rank and file, and he found that he had an excess of 59 men.
The history and mathematics of curve sketching, tangent lines, and optimization, are explored using interactive applets.

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