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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 radius of a circle is 3.20 meters. Compute to within .001m the areas of the inscribed and circumscribed equilateral triangles.
Having been given the perimeter and perpendicular of a right angled triangle, it is required to find the triangle.
A boy gives 11 coins of equal denomination to a man, and the man finds that their total value in yen is 4 less than his age.
Determine the greatest cylinder that can be inscribed in a given cone.
There were two men, of whom the first had 3 small loaves of bread and the other, 2.
A square walled city measures 10 li on each side. At the center of each side is a gate. Two persons start walking from the center of the city.
What proportions of sugar at 8 cents, 10 cents and 14 cents per pound, will compose a mixture worth 12 cents per pound?
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
Fibonacci gave a practical rule for approximating the area of an equilateral triangle.
A lady being asked how old she was at the time of her marriage replied that the age of her oldest son was 13; that he was born 2 years after her marriage...

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