Angles and Polygons - Short Problems


This is part of our collection of Short Problems.

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Equilateral Pair

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 39 - 2016
In the diagram, VWX and XYZ are congruent equilateral triangles. What is the size of angle VWY?

Square Bisection

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 8 - 2008
In how many ways can a square be cut in half using a single straight line cut?

Outside the Nonagon

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 44 - 2010
Extend two of the sides of a nonagon to form an angle. How large is this acute angle?

Robo-turn

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 16 - 2007
Can you figure out how far the robot has travelled by the time it is first facing due East?

Stellar Angles

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 30 - 2013
What is the angle $x$ in the star shape shown?

Tent Poles

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 40 - 2015
In the diagram, $PT = QT = TS$ and $QS = SR$. What is the value of $x$?

Overlapping Beer Mats

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Challenge Level:1

Can you find the area of the overlap when these two beer mats are placed on top of each other?

Homely Angles

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 18 - 2011
Draw an equilateral triangle onto one side of a square. Can you work out one particular angle?

Polygon Cradle

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 18 - 2007
A regular pentagon together with three sides of a regular hexagon form a cradle. What is the size of one of the angles?

Stacking Shapes

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 28 - 2017
The diagram on the right shows an equilateral triangle, a square and a regular pentagon. What is the sum of the interior angles of the resulting polygon?

Half Past Two

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 21 - 2009
What is the angle between the two hands of a clock at 2.30?

As Long as Possible

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 40 - 2013
Given three sides of a quadrilateral, what is the longest that the fourth side can be?

Parallel Base

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 46 - 2015
The diagram shows two parallel lines and two angles. What is the value of x?

Angle of Overlap

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 26 - 2007
The diagram shows two equilateral triangles. What is the value of x?

Angle Please

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 19 - 2017
In the figure, what is the value of x?

Overbearing

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 33 - 2009
In a village the pub, church and school are at different lengths and bearings from each other. What is the bearing of the school from the church?

Bishop's Paradise

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 37 - 2013
Which of the statements about diagonals of polygons is false?

Other Side

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 8 - 2016
Can you work out the size of the angles in a quadrilateral?

Isosceles Meld

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 9 - 2012
What is the angle QPT in this diagram?

Two Exterior Triangles

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 35 - 2009
Two equilateral triangles have been drawn on two adjacent sides of a square. What is the angle between the triangles?

Central Distance

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 1 - 2006
The diagram shows two circles enclosed in a rectangle. What is the distance between the centres of the circles?

Triangle in a Corner

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 17 - 2016
The diagram shows an equilateral triangle touching two straight lines. What is the sum of the four marked angles?

Shared Vertex

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 38 - 2017
In the diagram, what is the value of $x$?

Long Shadows

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 10 - 2012
If you know how long Meg's shadow is, can you work out how long the shadow is when she stands on her brother's shoulders?

Distinct Diagonals

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 21 - 2010
How many diagonals can you draw on this square...

Right-angled Request

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 26 - 2006
How many right angled triangles are formed by the points in this diagram?

Isometric Rhombuses

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 31 - 2016
The diagram shows a grid of $16$ identical equilateral triangles. How many rhombuses are there made up of two adjacent small triangles?

Diagonal Division

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 45 - 2008
The diagram shows a regular pentagon with two of its diagonals. If all the diagonals are drawn in, into how many areas will the pentagon be divided?

Angular Reflection

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 28 - 2013
Two lines meet at a point. Another line through this point is reflected in both of these lines. What is the angle between the image lines?

Angle Hunt

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Challenge Level:1

Weekly Problem 39 - 2010
If you know three lengths and an angle in this diagram, can you find another angle by calculation?

Square in a Triangle

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 33 - 2006
A square is inscribed in an isoscles right angled triangle of area $x$. What is the area of the square?

Triangle Split

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 50 - 2008
The lengths SP, SQ and SR are equal and the angle SRQ is x degrees. What is the size of angle PQR?

Radioactive Triangle

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 41 - 2014
Three straight lines divide an equilateral triangle into seven regions. What is the side length of the original triangle?

Nonagon Angle

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 53 - 2012
ABCDEFGHI is a regular nine-sided polygon (called a 'nonagon' or 'enneagon'). What is the size of the angle FAE ?

Adding Angles

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 47 - 2016
What is the sum of the six marked angles?

Rectangle Dissection

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 2 - 2009
The 16 by 9 rectangle is cut as shown. Rearrange the pieces to form a square. What is the perimeter of the square?

Outside the Boxes

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 13 - 2008
The diagram shows three squares drawn on the sides of a triangle. What is the sum of the three marked angles?

U in a Pentagon

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 18 - 2008
The diagram shows a regular pentagon. Can you work out the size of the marked angle?

Integral Polygons

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 51 - 2012
Each interior angle of a particular polygon is an obtuse angle which is a whole number of degrees. What is the greatest number of sides the polygon could have?

Fangs

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 7 - 2013
Three of the angles in this diagram all have size $x$. What is the value of $x$?

Right Angled Octagon

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 38 - 2008
A quadrilateral can have four right angles. What is the largest number of right angles an octagon can have?

Dodecagon Angles

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 50 - 2012
The diagram shows a regular dodecagon. What is the size of the marked angle?

Inscribed Hexagon

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 1 - 2014
The diagram shows a regular hexagon inside a rectangle. What is the sum of the four marked angles?

Handy Angles

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 39 - 2008
How big is the angle between the hour hand and the minute hand of a clock at twenty to five?

Extended Parallelogram

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 11 - 2014
The diagram shows a parallelogram and an isosceles triangle. What is the size of angle TQR?

Six Minutes Past Eight

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 45 - 2007
What is the obtuse angle between the hands of a clock at 6 minutes past 8 o'clock?

Rhombus Diagonal

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 19 - 2014
The diagram shows a rhombus and an isosceles triangle. Can you work out the size of the angle JFI?

Hexapentagon

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Weekly Problem 53 - 2007
The diagram shows a regular pentagon and regular hexagon which overlap. What is the value of x?

Descending Angles

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Given four of the angles in two triangles, can you find the smallest angle overall?

Equal Lengths

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 29 - 2013
An equilateral triangle is drawn inside a rhombus, both with equal side lengths. What is one of the angles of the rhombus?

Clock Face Angles

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

The time is 20:14. What is the smaller angle between the hour hand and the minute hand on an accurate analogue clock?

Hexagon Cut Out

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 52 - 2012
An irregular hexagon can be made by cutting the corners off an equilateral triangle. How can an identical hexagon be made by cutting the corners off a different equilateral triangle?

Pentagon Ring

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 47 - 2011
Place equal, regular pentagons together to form a ring. How many pentagons will be needed?

Trapezium Arch

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 27 - 2007
Ten stones form an arch. What is the size of the smallest angles of the trapezoidal stones?

Two Isosceles

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 37 - 2017
A quadrilateral is divided into two isosceles triangles. Can you work out the perimeter of the quadrilateral?

Parallelogram in the Middle

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 27 - 2013
The diagram shows a parallelogram inside a triangle. What is the value of $x$?

Heptagon Has

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Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Weekly Problem 15 - 2012
How many of the five properties can a heptagon have?