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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 barrel has various holes in it. The fist hole empties the barrel in three days...
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.
Determine the different values of x, when a certain function hits a minimum.
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.
Given a door and a measuring rod of unknown dimensions, the rod is used to measure the door.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
Now there is a wall 5 feet thick and two rats tunnel from opposite sides.
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
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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