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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 general formed his men into a square, that is, an equal number in rank and file, and he found that he had an excess of 59 men.
There is a circle from within which a square is cut, the remaining portion having an area of 47.6255 square units.
Having been given the lengths, a and b, of two straight lines drawn from the acute angles of a right triangle to the middle of the opposite sides, determine the lengths of those sides.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
A wooden log is encased in a wall. If we cut part of the wall away to a depth of 1 inch...
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
Having been given the lengths, a and b, of two straight lines drawn from the acute angles of a right triangle to the middle of the opposite sides, determine the length of those sides.
Two men starting from the same point begin walking in different directions. Their rates of travel are in the ratio 7:3.

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