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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 two numbers such that multiplying one by the other makes 8 and the sum of their squares is 27.
What is the sum of the following series, carried to infinity: 11, 11/7, 11/49, etc.?
Suppose that the propability of success in an experiment is 1/10. How many trials of the experiment are necessary to insure even odds on it happening at least once?
Find two numbers, x and y, such that their sum is 10 and x/y + y/x = 25
What is the sum of the reciprocals of the triangular numbers?
Two merchants, A and B, loaded a ship with 500 hhds (hogshead) of rum; A loaded 350 hhds, and B the rest; in a storm the seamen were obliged to throw overboard 100 hhds; how much must each sustain of the loss?
The king of France entered into a battle and was defeated. How many soldiers did he have before he was defeated?
Suppose the area of an equilateral triangle be 600. The sides are required.
A certain gentleman ordered that 90 measures of grain were to be transported from his house to another, 30 leucas distant.
What is the perpendicular height of a cloud when its angles of elevation were 35 degrees and 64 degrees as taken by two observers at the same time...

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