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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 authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
If in a circle ABDC, circumscribe an equilateral triangle ABC; the straight line AD is equal to the sum of the two straight lines BD and DC: required a demonstration.
A man, woman, and two boys desire to cross a river, but their boat has weight restrictions!
A cat sitting on a wall 4 cubits high saw a rat prowling 8 cubits from the foot of the wall;
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
A square circumscribed about a given circle is double in area to a square inscribed in the same circle. True of false? Prove your answer.
Heron of Alexandria (ca 200) wrote on many aspects of applied mathematics.
Given a guest on horseback rides 300 li in a day. The guest leaves his clothes behind. The host discovers them after 1/3 day, and he starts out with the clothes.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
A bridge is built across a river in 6 months by 45 men. It is washed away by the current. Required the number of workmen sufficient to build another of twice as much worth in 4 months.

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