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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 men brought their fish through customs. Find how much the fish cost, and what is the customs fee.
A boy gives 11 coins of equal denomination to a man, and the man finds that their total value in yen is 4 less than his age.
There were two men, of whom the first had 3 small loaves of bread and the other, 2.
The perimeters of two similar triangles are 45 and 135 respectively. One side of the first triangle has length 11″ and a second side, 19″. Find the lengths of the sides of the second triangle.
One says that 10 is divided into three parts and if the small part is multiplied by itself and added to the middle one multiplied by itself the result is the large one multiplied by itself...
What proportions of sugar at 8 cents, 10 cents and 14 cents per pound, will compose a mixture worth 12 cents per pound?
Fibonacci gave a practical rule for approximating the area of an equilateral triangle.
Show that the curves x2 - y2 = a2 and 2 xy = b2 cross at right angles.
The highest point of the Andes is about 4 miles above sea level.
The dimensions of a rectangular box in inches are expressed by three consecutive numbers. The surface of the box is 292 square inches. Find the dimensions.