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Problems from Another Time

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

Now a pile of rice is against a wall, it has a base perimeter of 60 feet and a height of 12 feet.
A cliff with a tower on its edge is observed from a boat at sea; find the height of the cliff and the tower.
What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895
A gentleman has bought a rectangular piece of land whose perimeter is to be 100 rods; and he is to pay 1 dollar for each rod in the length of the land and 3 dollars for each rod in the breath of the land.
Three circles of varying radius are mutually tangent. The area of the triangle connecting their centers is given. Find the radius of the third circle.
How long does it take a single man to do work when...
Two officers each have a company of men, the one has 40 less than the other.
A number is required; that the square shall be equal to twice the cube.
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.
A leech invited a slug for a lunch a leuca away.

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