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19s. 7d. per day, one day with another; how much will he have saved at the year's end? Ans. 1677. 12s. 1d. 21. What cost 30 pieces of lead, each weighing 1 cwt. 12 lb., at the rate of 16s. 4d. per cwt. ? Ans. 271. 2s. 6d. 22. The governor of a besieged place having provisions for 54 days, at the rate of 11⁄2lb. of bread; but being desirous to prolong the siege to 80 days, in expectation of succour, in that case what must the ration of bread be ?

Ans. 1 lb. 23. At half a guinea per week, how long can I be boarded for 20 pounds? Ans. 38 weeks. 24. How much will 75 chaldrons 7 bushels of coals come to, at the rate of 17. 13s. 6d. per chaldron ? Ans. 125/ 19s. 01d. 25. If the penny loaf weigh 9 ounces when the bushel of wheat cost 6s. 3d.; what ought the penny loaf to weigh when the wheat is at 8s.

24d. ?

Ans. 6 oz. 13137 dr. 26. How much a year will 173 acres, 2 roods, 14 poles of land give, at the rate of 11. 7s. 8d. per acre? Ans. 2401. 2s. 7d. 27. To how much amounts 172 pieces of lead, each weighing 3 cwt. 2 qrs. 171⁄2 lb., at 87. 17s. 6d. per fother of 191⁄2 cwt.? Ans. 2861. 4s. 41d. 28. How many yards of stuff, of 3 qrs. wide, will line a cloak that is 5 yards in length and 14 yard wide? Ans. 9 yds. 0 qrs. 23 nl. 29. If 5 yards of cloth cost 14s. 2d., what must be given for 9 pieces, containing each 21 yards 1 quarter? Ans. 27. 1s. 101d.


30. If a gentleman's estate be worth 21077. 12s. a year; what may he spend per day, to save 500% in the year? Ans. 47. 8.s. 1d. 31. Wanting just an acre of land cut off from a piece which is 13 poles in breadth, what length must the piece be? Ans. 11 po. 4 yds. 2 ft. 0 in. 32. At 13s. 21d. per yard, what is the value of a piece of cloth containing 522 ells English? Ans 43/. 10s. 111⁄2d.

33. If the carriage of 5 cwt. 14 lb. for 96 miles be 17. 12s. 6d. ; how far may I have 3 cwt. 1 qr. carried for the same money? Ans. 151 m. 3 fur. 33. pol.

34. Bought a silver tankard, weighing 1 lb. 7 oz. 14 dwts.; what did it cost me at 6s. 4d. per ounce ? Ans. 67. 4s. 94d.

35. What is the half year's rent of 547 acres of land, at 15s. 6d. the acre? Ans. 2117. 19s. 3d.

36. A wall that is to be built to the height of 27 feet, was raised 9 feet high by 12 men in 6 days; then how many men must be employed to finish the wall in 4 days, at the same rate of working? Ans. 36 men.

37. What will be the charge of keeping 11 horses for a year, at the rate of 111⁄2d. per day for each horse ? Ans. 1927. 7s. 81d.

38. If 15 ells of stuff that is 2 yard wide cost 37s. 6d. ; what will 40 ells of the same goodness cost, being yard wide? Ans. 61. 13s. 4d. 39. How many yards of paper that is 30 inches wide, will hang a room that is 20 yards in circuit, and 9 feet high? Ans. 72 yds. 40. If a gentleman's estate be worth 3847. 16s. a year, and the land-tax be assessed at 2s. 92d. per pound, what is his nett annual income?

Ans. 331. 1s. 93d.

41. The circumference of the earth is about 25,000 miles; at what rate per hour is a person at the middle of its surface carried round, one whole rotation being made in 23 hours 56 minutes? Ans. 1044,81 miles.

42. If a person drink 20 bottles of wine per month, when it costs 8s. a gallon; how many bottles per month may he drink, without increasing the Ans. 16 bottles. expense, when wine costs 10s. the gallon? 43. What cost 43 qrs. 5 bushels of corn, at 17. 8s. 6d. the quarter?

Ans. 621. 3s. 3d. 44. How many yards of canvass that is ell wide, will line 20 yards of say that Ans. 12 yds. is 3 quarters wide?

45. If an ounce of gold cost 4 guineas, what is the value of a grain?

Ans. 2. 46. If 3 cwt. of tea cost 407. 12s.; at how much a pound must it be retailed, Ans. 334. to gain 107. by the whole?


COMPOUND PROPORTION teaches how to resolve such questions as require two or more statings by Simple Proportion: and that, whether they be Direct or Inverse.

In these questions, there is always given an odd number of terms, either five, or seven, or nine, &c. These are distinguished into terms of supposition, and terms of demand, there being always one term more of the former than of the latter, which is of the same kind with the answer sought.

RULE.-Set down in the middle place that term of supposition which is of the same kind with the answer sought.—Take one of the other terms of supposition, and one of the demanding terms which is of the same kind with it; then place one of them for a first term, and the other for a third, according to the directions given in the Rule of Three.-Do the same with another term of supposition, and its corresponding demanding term; and so on if there be more terms of each kind; setting the numbers under each other which fall all on the left hand side of the middle term, and the same for the others on the right hand side.—Then, to work.

By several Operations.—Take the two upper terms and the middle term, in the same order as they stand, for the first Rule of 'Three question to be worked, whence will be found a fourth term. Then take this fourth number, so found, for the middle term of a second Rule of Three question, and the next two under terms in the general stating, in the same order as they stand, finding a fourth term from them. And so on, as far as there are any numbers in the general stating, making always the fourth number resulting from each simple stating to be the second term of the next following one. So shall the last resulting num. ber be the answer to the question.

By One Operation.—Multiply together all the terms standing under each other, on the left hand side of the middle term; and in like manner, multiply gether all those on the right hand side of it. Then multiply the middle term by the latter product, and divide the result by the former product, so shall the zuotient be the answer sought.


1. How many men can complete a trench of 135 yards long in 8 days. when 16 men can dig 54 yards in 6 days?

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2. If 100%. in one year gain 57. interest, what will be the interest of 7501. for 7 years?

Ans. 262/. 10s.

3. If a family of 9 persons expend 1207. in 8 months; how much will serve a family of 24 people 16 months?

Ans. 6407. 4. If 278. be the wages of 4 men for 7 days; what will be the wages of 14 men for 10 days? Ans. 61. 15s.

5. If a footman travel 130 miles in 3 days, when the days are in how many days, of 10 hours each, may he travel 360 miles?

6. If 120 bushels of corn can serve 14 horses 56 days; how many days will 94 bushels serve 6 horses? Ans 1024 days.

12 hours long ; Ans. 9 days.

7. If 3000 lb. of beef serve 340 men 15 days; how many lbs. will serve 120 men for 25 days ? Ans. 1764 lb. 11 oz. 8. If a barrel of beer be sufficient to last a family of 7 persons 12 days; how many barrels will be drunk by 14 persons in the space of a year?

Ans. 60g barrels. 9. If 240 men, in 5 days, of 11 hours each, can dig a trench 230 yards long, 3 wide, and 2 deep; in how many days, of 9-hours long, trench of 420 yards long, 5 wide, and 3 deep?

will 24 men dig a Ans. 278 days.



A FRACTION, or broken number, is an expression of a part, or some parts, of something considered as a whole.

It is denoted by two numbers, placed one below the other, with a line between them;

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The Denominator, or number placed below the line, shows how many equal parts the whole quantity is divided into; and represents the Divisor in Division. And the Numerator, or number set above the line, shows how many of those parts are expressed by the Fraction; being the remainder after division.—Also, both these numbers are, in general, named the Terms of the Fraction.

Fractions are either Proper, Improper, Simple, Compound, or Mixed.

A Proper Fraction, is when the numerator is less than the denominator; as †, or 3, or 4, &c.

An Improper Fraction, is when the numerator is equal to, or exceeds, the denominator; as 3, or 4, or 3; &c.

A Simple Fraction, is a single expression denoting any number of parts of the integer; as §, or 3.

A Compound Fraction, is the fraction of a fraction, or several fractions connected with the word of between them; as of 3, or § of § of 3, &c.

A Mixed Number, is composed of a whole number and a fraction together; as 34, or 124, &c.

A whole or integer number may be expressed like a fraction, by writing 1 below it, as a denominator; so 3 is, or 4 is 4, &c.

A fraction denotes division; and its value is equal to the quotient obtained by dividing the numerator by the denominator; so 2 is equal to 3, and 2o is equal to 4.

Hence then, if the numerator be less than the denominator, the value of the fraction is less than 1. If the numerator be the same as the denominator, the fraction is just equal to 1. And if the numerator be greater than the denominator, the fraction is greater than 1.


REDUCTION of Vulgar Fractions, is the bringing them out of one form or denomination into another; commonly to prepare them for the operations of Addition, Subtraction, &c. of which there are several cases.


To find the greatest common measure of two or more numbers.

THE Common Measure of two or more numbers, is that number which will divide them both without a remainder: so 3 is a common measure of 18 and 24; the quotient of the former being 6, and of the latter 8. And the greatest number

hat will do this, is the greatest common measure: so 6 is the greatest common measure of 18 and 24; the quotient of the former being 3, and of the latter 4. which will not both divide farther.

RULE.-If there be two numbers only; divide the greater by the less; then divide the divisor by the remainder; and so on, dividing always the last divisor by the last remainder, till nothing remains; then shall the last divisor of all be the greatest common measure sought.

When there are more than two numbers; find the greatest common measure of two of them, as before; then do the same for that common measure and another of the numbers; and so on, through all the numbers; then will the greatest common measure last found be the answer.

If it happen that the common measure thus found is 1; then the numbers are said to be incommensurable, or to have no common measure.


1. To find the greatest common measure of 1998, 918, and 522.

918) 1998 (2

162) 918 ( 5


108) 162 (1


So 54 is the greatest common measure of 1998 and 918.

54) 108 (2

Hence 54) 522 ( 9


36 ) 54 ( 1


18) 36 ( 2

o that 18 is the answer required.

2. What is the greatest common measure of 246 and 372 ?

3. What is the greatest common measure of 336, 720, and 1736?

Ans. 6.
Ans. 8.

To abbreviate or reduce fractions to their lowest terms.

RULE.*—Divide the terms of the given fraction by any number that will divide them without a remainder; then divide these quotients again in the same man

* That dividing both the terms of the fraction by the same number, whatever it be, will give another fraction equal to the former, is evident. And when those divisions are performed as often as ran be done, or when the common divisor is the greatest possible, the terms of the resulting fraction must be the least possible.

Note 1. Any number ending with an even number, or a cipher, is divisible, or can be divided by 2. 2. Any number ending with 5, or 0, is divisible by 5.

3. If the right hand place of any number be 0, the whole is divisible by 10; if there be two ciphers, .t is divisible by 100; if 3 ciphers, by 1000; and so on; which is only cutting off those ciphers.

4. If the two right hand figures of any number be divisible by 4, the whole is divisible by 4. And if the three right hand figures be divisible by 8, the whole is divisible by 8. And so on.

5. If the sum of the digits in any number be divisible by 3, or by 9, the whole is divisible by 3, or by 9. 6. If the right hand digit be even, and the sum of all the digits be divisible by 6, then the whole will be divisible by 6.

7 A number is divisible by 11, when the sum of the 1st, 3d, 5th, &c., or of all the odd places, is equal to the sum of the 2d, 4th, 6th, &c., or of all the even places of digits.

8. If a number cannot be divided by some quantity less than the square of the same, that number is a prime, or cannot be divided by any number whatever.

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