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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 cat sitting on a wall 4 cubits high saw a rat prowling 8 cubits from the foot of the wall;
In order to encourage his son in the study of arithmetic, a father agrees to pay him 8 pennies for every problem solved correctly and to charge him 5 pennies for each incorrect solution.
What proportions of sugar at 8 cents, 10 cents and 14 cents per pound, will compose a mixture worth 12 cents per pound?
There is a round town 8000 feet in circumference.
Fibonacci gave a practical rule for approximating the area of an equilateral triangle.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
The dimensions of a rectangular box in inches are expressed by three consecutive numbers. The surface of the box is 292 square inches. Find the dimensions.
Now there are six-headed four-legged animals and four-headed two-legged birds placed together.
Given two circle tangent at the point P with parallel diameters AB, CD, prove that APD and BPC are straight lines.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions

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