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Problems from Another Time

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

A two door gate of unknown width is opened so that a 2 inch gap exists between the two doors.
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.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
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 circle from within which a square is cut, the remaining portion having an area of 47.6255 square units.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
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?
A wooden log is encased in a wall. If we cut part of the wall away to a depth of 1 inch...
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.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions