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Problems from Another Time

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

Given a right triangle where you know the length of the base and the sum of the perpendicular side and the hypotenuse.

The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
Two persons sat down to play for a certain sum of money; and agree that the first who gets three games shall be the winner. After a few games they resolve to divide the stakes. How much should each person receive?
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...
A certain slave fled from Milan to Naples going 1/10 of the whole journey each day. At the beginning of the third day, his master sent a slave after him and this slave went 1/7 of the whole journey each day.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
There is a round fish pond of certain dimensions, and into the pond is dropped a marble column. How high will the water rise?
There is a log 18 feet long, the diameter of the extremities being 1 ft and 2.6 ft respectively...
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions

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