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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 square walled city of unknown dimensions has four gates, one at the center of each side.
Find the area of the elliptical segment cut off parallel to the shorter axis;
A number of 3 digits in base 7 has the same three digits...
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
If two Post-boys, A and B at 59 miles distance from one another, set out in the morning in order to meet...
There are two piles, one containing 9 gold coins, the other 11 silver coins.
The square of a certain number multiplied by itself and by 200 is 446,976. What is the number?
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
Suppose that for every 4 cows a farmer has, he should plow 1 acre of land, and allow 1 acre of pasture for every 3 cows; how many cows could he keep on 140 acres?
There is a mound of earth in the shape of a frustum of a cone.

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