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Historical Mathematics Problems

A Resource for Teachers

This data base collection of historical problems (1600+) spans mathematics history through the 1930s, revealing both international contributions and changing cultures.

The problems connect with the areas of number, measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, number theory, probability, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, financial mathematics, discrete mathematics, logic, and recreational mathematics.

Each problem statement includes its source (if known) and relevant solution commentary.

This website is an offshoot of the MathNEXUS website, which offers more than 5000 pages of information relevant to the teaching of mathematics in grades 6-14.

Historical Problems

The historical problems are categorized by specific topics within ten broad mathematical areas. To obtain the relevant problem set, select your desired Category and Attribute.

1. Number Ideas And Uses
2. Measurement
3. Algebra
4. Geometry
5. Trigonometry
6. Number Theory
7. Probability and Statistics
8. Pre-Calculus
9. Calculus
10. Financial Mathematics
11. Logic
12. Recreational Mathematics