A Chinese Problem

Word problems from old texts don't particularly interest me.The textbook authors who include problems from the Rhind Papyrus, al-Khwarezmi, or Fibonacci in their exercises would undoubtedly be horrified to read that I ignore these and leave it to the students to discover such on their own should they be interested.One problem, however, did catch my eye.In his textbook, The History of Mathematics, An Introduction, David Burton cites a problem from the Mathematical Treatise in Nine Sections (written 1247)of Ch'in Chu-shao (c. 1202 –1261):


Word Problem Chinese Remainder Theorem Typographical Error Pythagorean Theorem Walled City 
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