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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 wine merchants enter Paris, one of them with 64 casks of wine, the other with 20.
A certain man says that he can weigh any amount from 1 to 40 pounds using only 4 weights. What size must they be?
The three sides of a triangular piece of land, taken in order, measure 15, 10, and 13 chains respectively.
A man plants 4 kernels of corn, which at harvest produce 32 kernels: these he plants the second year; now supposing the annual increase to continue 8 fold, what would be the produce of the 15th year, allowing 1000 kernels to a pint?
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
If an arc of 45 degrees on one circumference is equal to an arc of 60 degrees on another circle, what is the ratio of the areas of the circle?
After a terrible battle it is found that 70% of the soldiers have lost an eye.
Knowing the base, b, and the altitude, a, of a triangle. Find the expression for a side of the inscribed square.
Problems from a 15th century French manuscript, including one with negative solutions
Now there are 100 deers [being distributed] in a city. If one household has one deer there is a remainder...Find the number of households in the city.

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