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Two merchants, A and B, loaded a ship with 500 hhds (hogsheads) of rum; A loaded 350 hhds, and B the rest; in a storm the seamen were obliged to throw overboard 100 hhds; how much must each sustain of the loss?

The movie Agora, about the mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 400 AD), is spectacular and intriguing but Hypatia should be portrayed as the hero she was.
An interesting problem from Banneker's notebook as well as other problems to use with students.

In order to encourage his son in the study of arithmetic, a father agrees to pay him 8 pennies for every problem solved correctly and to charge him 5 pennies for each incorrect solution.

Poster picturing five famous women, from Hypatia to Grace Hopper.

Having been given the lengths, a and b, of two straight lines drawn from the acute angles of a right triangle to the middle of the opposite sides, determine the length of those sides.

Why should we use historical problems in today's classroom? This article answers that question and serves as an introduction to the problems on this website.
This is an invited working conference as part of the ICMI Study Series.

This website devoted to miscellanea about Archimedes contains much interesting material about his life and times.

Download the three winning essays to learn about Kepler's mathematical astronomy, the roots of modern algebra, and the Quadrivium of Isidore of Seville.