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Problems from Another Time

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

Three hundred pigs are to be prepared for a feast.
Two persons sat down to play for a certain sum of money; and agree that the first who gets three games shall be the winner. After a few games they resolve to divide the stakes. How much should each person receive?
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
A certain slave fled from Milan to Naples going 1/10 of the whole journey each day. At the beginning of the third day, his master sent a slave after him and this slave went 1/7 of the whole journey each day.
A fox, a raccoon, and a hound pass through customs and together pay 111 coins.
There is a round fish pond of certain dimensions, and into the pond is dropped a marble column. How high will the water rise?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Curve sketching, tangent lines, and optimization, explored via interactive applets
If you are h feet tall and walk all the way around the Earth, keeping to the same circumference, how much farther has your head gone than your feet when you complete the journey?
The square root of half the number of bees in a swarm has flown out upon a jessamine bush; 8/9 of the swarm has remained behind.

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