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Problems from Another Time

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

The square of a certain number multiplied by itself and by 200 is 446,976. What is the number?
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?
A vessel is anchored in 3 fathoms of water and the cable passes over a sheave in the bowspirt which is 6 ft above the water.

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