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Problems from Another Time

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

There is a round fish pond of certain dimensions, and into the pond is dropped a marble column. How high will the water rise?
A man, woman, and two boys desire to cross a river, but their boat has weight restrictions!
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
If you are h feet tall and walk all the way around the Earth, keeping to the same circumference, how much farther has your head gone than your feet when you complete the journey?
Heron of Alexandria (ca 200) wrote on many aspects of applied mathematics.
The square root of half the number of bees in a swarm has flown out upon a jessamine bush; 8/9 of the swarm has remained behind.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
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.
There is a garden is the shape of a rhombus whose side is 768.52 feet. Within the garden is an inscribed square flower bed whose side is 396 feet. What is the area of the garden?
A tree is 20 feet tall and has a circumference of 3 feet. There is a vine that winds seven equally spaced times around the tree and reaches the top. What is the length of the vine?