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Problems from Another Time

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

Two bicyclists travel in opposite directions around a quarter-mile track and meet every 22 seconds. When they travel in the same direction on this track, the faster passes the slower once every 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Find the rate of each rider
Having been given the perimeter and perpendicular of a right angled triangle, it is required to find the triangle.
Having been given the perimeter and perpendicular of a right angled triangle, it is required to find the triangle.
The square of a certain number multiplied by itself and by 200 is 446,976. What is the number?
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?
Determine the dimensions of the least isosceles triangle ACD that can circumscribe a given circle.
Given four numbers whose sum is 9900; the second exceeds the first by 1/7 of the first...
The cavity of our chimney is an upright parallelepiped, the diagonal of whose base is 60"; and the height of the lower side of the lintel above the plane of the floor is 40".
Given a number, take 1/3 of the number away from itself and add 2. If this result is multiplied by itself, it equals the number plus 24. What is the number?
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.

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