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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 an equilateral triangle whose area is equal to 10,000 square feet be surrounded by a walk of uniform width, and equal to the area of the inscribed circle, what is the width of the walk?
After a terrible battle it is found that 70% of the soldiers have lost an eye.
Imagine an urn with two balls, each of which may be either white or black. One of these balls is drawn and is put back before a new one is drawn.
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Suppose a lighthouse is built on the top of a rock; the distance between a place of observation and that part of the rock level with the eye is 620 yds.
Now a pile of rice is against a wall, it has a base perimeter of 60 feet and a height of 12 feet.
The triangle ABC has a right angle at C. Show that 1/ED=1/AC+1/AB
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
A man is walking across a bridge, when a boat passes under the bridge.How rapidly are the boat and the pedestrian separating after the boat passes under the bridge?

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