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Problems from Another Time

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

Suppose the area of an equilateral triangle be 600. The sides are required.
Two men start walking at the same time and travel a distance. One is walking faster and completes the journey sooner. How fast did each man travel?
A certain gentleman ordered that 90 measures of grain were to be transported from his house to another, 30 leucas distant.
If two Post-boys, A and B at 59 miles distance from one another, set out in the morning in order to meet...
Given the cats eye as shown. Let the radius of the eye be given by R. What is the area of the pupil?
The square of a certain number multiplied by itself and by 200 is 446,976. What is the number?
Three hundred pigs are to be prepared for a feast.
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?
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
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".

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