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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 cliff with a tower on its edge is observed from a boat at sea; find the height of the cliff and the tower.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
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.
What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895
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.
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?
A railway train strikes a snowdrift which creates a constant resistance. How long does it take the snow to stop the train?
The third part of a necklace of pearls, broken in a lover's quarrel, fell to the ground...
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.
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?

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