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Problems from Another Time

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

One hundred men besieged in a castle, have sufficient food to allow each one bread to the weight of 14 lot a day for ten months.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
A merchant woman buys and sells apples and pears for Denaros. How much did she invest in apples; how much in pears?
Given right triangle ABC where C is the right angle, ellipse O (a,b) is inscribed in it, with its major axis parallel to BC. Calculate the semi-major axis, a, in terms of AC, BC and b.
Prove that if the sums of the square opposite sides of any quadrilateral are equal, its diagonals interect at right angles.
The perimeters of two similar triangles are 45 and 135 respectively. One side of the first triangle has length 11″ and a second side, 19″. Find the lengths of the sides of the second triangle.
A powerful, unvanquished, excellent black snake, 80 angulas in length, enters into a hole at the rate of 7 1/2 angulas in 5/14 of a day, and in the course of a day its tail grows 11/4 of an angula.
What is the value of X...
A series of circles have their centers on an equilateral hyperbola and pass through its center. Show that their envelope is a lemniscate.
A man hired a horse in London at 3 pence a mile. He rode 94 miles due West to Bristol then due north to Chester, whence he returned toward London for 66 miles, which put him in Coventry.

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