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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 tree 100 units high is 200 units distant from a well; from this tree one monkey climbs down and goes to the well...
What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
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?
Having been given the lengths, a and b, of two straight lines drawn from the acute angles of a right triangle to the middle of the opposite sides, determine the length of those sides.
A man has four creditors. To the first he owes 624 ducats; to the second, 546; to the third, 492; and to the fourth 368.
Given the dimensions of an isosceles trapezoid find the length of the transversal drawn parallel to the bases that divides the trapezoid into 2 equal areas.
A railway train strikes a snowdrift which creates a constant resistance. How long does it take the snow to stop the train?
The number 50 is divided by a certain number. If the divisor is increased by 3, the quotient decreases by 3.75. What is the number?
The third part of a necklace of pearls, broken in a lover's quarrel, fell to the ground...

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