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119° 52′ 15′′, and his alt. then 37° 58′ 51′′. At the time of the second observation we find his azimuth from the north = 168° 20′ 54′′, and alt. 51° 20′ 52′′. The azimuth from the north at the third observation = 73° 5′ 19′′, and alt. = 6° 3′ 56′′; from whence we find TA = 25.6165, TB = 15.9956, and TC = 188.2156 yards. Now in the triangle ATB, we have given AT, TB, and the ▲ ATB, 71° 46′ 51′′, to find the ZABT 71° 49′ 42′′; again, in the triangle TBC we have TB, TC, and the ▲ BTC = 95° 15′ 35′′, find the TBC= 79° 56′ 24′′; also the ▲ ABT+ TBC ABC = 151° 46′ 6′′. Lastly, in the triangle ATC we have AT, TC and the ATC= ATBBTC, to find AC = 213.2617. Draw the diameter AD, and join CD; then by simp. geom. 16. 3. the angle CAD 4 ABC — 90° = 61° 46′ 6′′; hence the diameter A D is found 451 yards nearly, 33 acres.


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Otherwise by Mr. J. Gawthrop, Leeds.

In this question we have given the time from noon, the latitude and the sun's declin. to find his alt. and azimuths at each of those times :

1. Hour 45° 0′, declin. 14° alt. 37° 58′ 51′′ 50′ 45′′, lat. 53° 5', to find.......... Šazim. 60° 7′ 45′′. 2. Hour 7° 30′, declin. 14° [alt. 51° 20′ 52" 53 22", lat. 53° 5', to find.......... Sazim. 11° 39′ 6′′. 3. Hour 100° 0', declin. 14° alt. 6° 3′ 56′′ 58' 00', lat. 53° 5′, to find.......... azim. 106° 54′ 41′′. Now by adding the refraction and sun's semi-diameter 15′ 55′′, we have the apparent alt. of the sun's upper limb as follows:

1. 38° 15' 54" 2. 51° 37′ 30′′


6° 27′ 36'

then the height
of the tree


X tan. of co. alt.=

25.3562 length of the

15.8376 176.6343

shadow at 9 A.M.
ditto 12th.
6h. 40m.



Let T be the place of the tree; then in the triangle ATB we have AT 25.3562, BT 15.8376, and the T71° 46′ 51′′ to find the ▲ TAB= 36° 24′ 2′′; and in the triangle BTC we have BT 13.8376, TC 176.6343, and the ▲ T 95° 15′ 35′′ to find BC= 178.6179; also in the triangle ATC, we have A T


25.3562, TC = 176.6343, and the T = 167° 2′ 26′′, to find TAC = 11° 20′ 32", then TAB TAC= BAC 25° 3' 30". Draw the diam. A D, and join DC; then, DC A is a right 4, 31. Eu. 3, and the CDA 25° 3' 30"; also AC 178.6179, whence AD = 421.726 yards, and the area is found = 28a. 3r. 17p. In this solution the variation of the sun's declination, also refraction, &c. is taken notice of, which makes the result different from the preceding one. 12. Qu. (42) Answered by Mr. J. Whitley.




The figure being described as per question, divide AC in G, so that AG may have to AB the given ratio of PE to DB. Then G will be a given point, and GB G being drawn, meeting E D in F, will be given by position.



By sim. triangles, and the nature of the curve BP H, we have AG: AB:: DF:DB:: PE: DB; therefore PE DF; consequently PD FE; and the area BPHA generated by PD, will be equal to the area BGCB generated by FE = the quadrant ACB A AGB. Again, the ordinate PD will be a maximum when its equal FE is so; which is evidently the case when a tangent to the ellipse at the point E is parallel to GB; therefore, since GB is given in position, the point E may be found by Prob. 12. Book II. Simson's Conics, and from thence FE = PD, the greatest ordinate, will become known. Ergo Solutum. The same by Rylando.

Put A Bt, AC = c, BD = x, DP y, and DB :PE::m: n. By the property of the ellipse, DE = с ✔✅(2tx — x2), and, by the question, m:n: :x : PE=


therefore, DP = y =

which, when a maximum becomes =o and

by reduction x


greatest ordinate.





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To find the area geometrically; since the ratio of DB: PE is given, the ratio of DB: DP is given also; therefore, take DB: DP :: AB: AF, and draw BFG, then the area of the curve will be equal to the triangle A BG.

Again, by Messrs. Hine, Maffett, and Winward. Put A Ca, AB = b, m: n the given ratio, DB nx and, and DP=y; then mn::~: EP =





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Mr. Gawthrop's solution to this question is very neat, and purely geometrical.

Mr. Nesbit's name was omitted among the answers to the 11 Qu. No. IV. and Mr. Putsey's to Qu. 10.

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1. Qu. (56) By Mr. Dunn, Broughton. FIND three square numbers in arithmetical progression whose common difference is a cube number.

2. Qu. (57) By Mr. J. Baines, Horbury Bridge. What number is that whose square root, cube root, and biquadrate root are in arithmetical progression ?

3. Qu. (58) By Mr. Putsey, Pickering Academy.

The radius of a circle inscribed in a right angled plane triangle is 2 feet ;--it is required to determine the sides of the triangle, such, that a heavy body may occupy one second of time in descending down the hypothenuse, when the plane of the triangle is perpendicular to the horizon?

4. Qu. (59) By Mr. R. Maffett, Plymouth.

Find two square numbers such that their sum, the root of the greater number added to the less, and the root of the less number added to the greater, may be all squares.

5 Qu. (60) By the same.

A person applied to a surveyor to measure him a field in the form of a right angled triangle; but the base and perpendicular being surrounded with water,

he could only obtain the length of the hypothenuse = 100 chains, and that of a path-way bisecting the angle at the base, and terminating in the perpendicular = 80 chains: now Mr. Cross-staff contends that from these data the area cannot be had, and he has bet the gentleman the price of a new field-book, that none of the Theodolite gentry who write to the Enquirer, can from thence find the content. Pray, gentlemen, show him that, for once, he is wrong.

6. Qu. (61) By Mr. J. Baines, Horbury Bridge.

On what day of the year, in the lat. of 53° 45′ N. will the shadow of the point of a gnomon describe an hyperbola, whose transverse diam. is to the conjugate as

9 to 11?

7. Qu. (62) By Rylando.

To describe a parallelogram, which shall have its area and perimeter respectively equal to the area and perimeter of a given triangle.

8. Qu. (63) By Mr. Putsey.

At the moment a heavy body was let fall perpendicularly from the top of an inclined plane, another body was projected directly up it from the bottom, with a velocity equal to that which the same body would have acquired by descending freely down the length of the plane;-to determine their nearest approach; the length of the plane being 50, and its height 40 feet?

9. Qu. (64) By Mr. Jesse Winward, 2nd R. L.

What arc of a circle is that, the product of whose sine into its versed-sine is the greatest possible?

10. Qu. (65) By Mr. Roger Vayheeg.

PORISM. Having a circle given in magnitude and position, another circle may be found, given also in magnitude and position, so that if through a given point P, any line be drawn cutting the circles in A, D, and B, the solid under A P, P D, P B, may be always of the same given magnitude.

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