# Problems from Another Time

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

What is the sum of the reciprocals of the triangular numbers?
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.
There is a round fish pond of certain dimensions, and into the pond is dropped a marble column. How high will the water rise?
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.
If you are h feet tall and walk all the way around the Earth, keeping to the same circumference, how much farther has your head gone than your feet when you complete the journey?
Given a pendulum as shown. The height of the pendulum is two units and its horizontal width is 2 units. What is the area of the pendulum?
The square root of half the number of bees in a swarm has flown out upon a jessamine bush; 8/9 of the swarm has remained behind.
I wish to find three numbers of such nature that the first and the second with 1/2 of the third makes 20...
A man hired a horse in London at 3 pence a mile. He rode 94 miles due West to Bristol then due north to Chester, whence he returned toward London for 66 miles, which put him in Coventry.