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Problems from Another Time

Individual problems from throughout mathematics history, as well as articles that include problem sets for students.

Knowing the base, b, and the altitude, a, of a triangle. Find the expression for a side of the inscribed square.
The authors recount the 'great tale' of Napier's and Burgi's parallel development of logarithms and urge you to use it in class.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
After a terrible battle it is found that 70% of the soldiers have lost an eye.
Problems from a 15th century French manuscript, including one with negative solutions
There is a tree with 100 branches. How many nests, eggs and birds are there?
Now a pile of rice is against a wall, it has a base perimeter of 60 feet and a height of 12 feet.
Two men starting from the same point begin walking in different directions. Their rates of travel are in the ratio 7:3.
A cylindrical tin tomato can is to be made which shall have a given capacity. Find what should be the ratio of the height to the radius of the base that the smallest possible amount of tin shall be required.
What number which being increased by 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 of itself, the sum shall be 75?

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