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Problems from Another Time

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

How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
If 80 dollars worth of provisions will serve 20 men for 25 days, what number of men will the same amount of provisions serve for 10 days?
Heron of Alexandria (ca 200) wrote on many aspects of applied mathematics.
A cliff with a tower on its edge is observed from a boat at sea; find the height of the cliff and the tower.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895
A fish sees a heron looking at him from across a pool, so he quickly swims towards the south. When he reaches the south side of the pool, he has the unwelcome surprise of meeting the heron.
A lion, a wolf and a fox each take a certain amount of time to eat a goat separately. How long would it take all these animals together to eat the goat?
A man and his wife drink a barrel of wine at different rates. Find the rate it takes both of them together to drink the wine.
Three persons bought a sugar loaf in the form of a perfect cone 25"" high and agreed to divide it...what was the slant height of each one's share?

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