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Problems from Another Time

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

There is a right triangle where: the sum of the upright multiplied by itself twice and the hypotenuse multiplied by itself is 700 units; and, the sum of the base multiplied by itself twice and the hypotenuse multiplied by itself is 900 units.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
Three men wish to buy a horse but none have a sufficient amount of money for the purchase; to do so they must borrow from each other. How much money does each man have and what is the price of the horse?
A man, woman, and two boys desire to cross a river, but their boat has weight restrictions!
What is the perpendicular height of a cloud when it's angles of elevation were 35 degrees and 64 degrees as taken by two observers?
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
How much does Landowner A give to each worker knowing Landowner B gives a certain amount more and has few workers.
Heron of Alexandria (ca 200) wrote on many aspects of applied mathematics.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
A California miner has a spherical ball of gold, 2 inches in diamter, which he wants to exchange for spherical balls 1 inch in diameter. How many of the smaller spheres should he receive?

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