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A discussion of why we use "e" to represent the base of the natural logarithm system.

Now there are 100 deer [being distributed] in a city. If one household has one deer there is a remainder...Find the number of households in the city.

There are two numbers whose sum equals the difference of their squares.

Thirty flasks—10 full, 10 half-empty, and 10 completely empty—are to be divided among 3 sons so that flasks and contents should be shared equally. How may this be done?

A historically minded textbook designed to teach real analysis by considering some of the problems faced by 19th century mathematicians.

A ladder is placed perpendicular to the plane of the horizon, and in coincidence with the plane of an upright wall.

A teacher agreed to teach 9 months for $562.50 and his board. At the end of the term, on account of two months' absence caused by sickness, he received only$409.50. What was his board worth per month?

Greek ladders for approximating square roots may be more ancient than the ancient Greeks. Students at any level can appreciate their beauty and simplicity. Those who have studied calculus can compare them with Newton's Method for approximating roots.

Seven men held equal shares in a grinding stone 5 feet in diameter. What part of the diameter should each grind away?

The Midwest History of Mathematics Conference will take place in the Reinhart Center of Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on October 3 and 4, 2008.