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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.
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.
Now there is a wall 5 feet thick and two rats tunnel from opposite sides.
A man hired a horse in London at 3 pence a mile. He rode 94 miles due West to Bristol then due north to Chester, whence he returned toward London for 66 miles, which put him in Coventry.
How a translation of Peano's counterexample to the 'theorem' that a zero Wronskian implies linear dependence can help your differential equations students
A tree is 20 feet tall and has a circumference of 3 feet. There is a vine that winds seven equally spaced times around the tree and reaches the top. What is the length of the vine?
A tree 100 units high is 200 units distant from a well; from this tree one monkey climbs down and goes to the well...
A speculator bought stock at 25% below par and sold it at 20% above par. He gained $1560. How much did he invest?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Given: a circle with an inscribed equilateral triangle. The triangle has an area of 12 square units. What is the area of the circle?

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