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Problems from Another Time

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

Suppose that the propability of success in an experiment is 1/10. How many trials of the experiment are necessary to insure even odds on it happening at least once?
Two merchants, A and B, loaded a ship with 500 hhds (hogshead) of rum; A loaded 350 hhds, and B the rest; in a storm the seamen were obliged to throw overboard 100 hhds; how much must each sustain of the loss?
A vessel is anchored in 3 fathoms of water and the cable passes over a sheave in the bowspirt which is 6 ft above the water.
The king of France entered into a battle and was defeated. How many soldiers did he have before he was defeated?
Wanting to know the breadth of a river, I measured a base of 500 yards in a straight line close by one side of it.
What is the perpendicular height of a cloud when its angles of elevation were 35 degrees and 64 degrees as taken by two observers at the same time...
A castle has n rooms each of which has 7 samurai in it.
When knowing the sum of their ages along with another equation, determine how old a father and son are.
Find two number with sum 20 and when squared their sum is 208.
In the figure at the left, if the radii of each inscribed circle is 1, what are the dimensions of the bounding rectangle?

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