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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 men wish to buy a horse but none have a sufficient amount of money for the purchase; to do so they must borrow from each other. How much money does each man have and what is the price of the horse?
Discussion of 15th century French manuscript, with translation of its problems, including one with negative solutions
Two men brought their fish through customs. Find how much the fish cost, and what is the customs fee.
What is the perpendicular height of a cloud when it's angles of elevation were 35 degrees and 64 degrees as taken by two observers?
How much does Landowner A give to each worker knowing Landowner B gives a certain amount more and has few workers.
The perimeters of two similar triangles are 45 and 135 respectively. One side of the first triangle has length 11″ and a second side, 19″. Find the lengths of the sides of the second triangle.
One says that 10 is divided into three parts and if the small part is multiplied by itself and added to the middle one multiplied by itself the result is the large one multiplied by itself...
Find the height of a window.
A man entered an orchard through 7 gates, and there took a certain number of apples. When he left the orchard, he gave the first guard half the apples he had and 1 apple more.
Show that the curves x2 - y2 = a2 and 2 xy = b2 cross at right angles.

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