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Problems from Another Time

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

A four-sided town measures 1100 feet on one side and 1000 feet on the other side, on one edge 600 and the other edge 600.
The triangle ABC has a right angle at C. Show that 1/ED=1/AC+1/AB
A merchant bought 50,000 pounds of pepper in Portugal for 10,000 scudi and paid a tax of 500 scudi.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
Find a number having remainder 29 when divided by 30 and remainder 3 when divided by 4.
Two circles, the sum of whose radii is a, are placed in the same plane with their centers at a distance 2a...
Three congruent circles of radius 6 inches are mutually tangent to one another. Compute the area enclosed between them.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
An oblong garden is a half yard longer than it is wide and consists entirely of a gravel walk...
Determine the radii of three equal circles decribed within and tangent to a given circle, and also tangent to each other

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