Perimeter, Area and Volume - Stage 3


This is part of ourĀ Secondary Curriculum collection of favourite rich tasks arranged by topic.

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Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Perimeter and Area

This selection of problems is designed to help you teach Perimeter and Area.

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Surface Area and Volume

This selection of problems is designed to help you teach Surface Area and Volume.



Changing Areas, Changing Perimeters

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Challenge Level:1

How can you change the area of a shape but keep its perimeter the same? How can you change the perimeter but keep the area the same?

Isometric Areas

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Challenge Level:1

We usually use squares to measure area, but what if we use triangles instead?

Isosceles Triangles

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Challenge Level:1

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Perimeter Possibilities

KS 3 Challenge Level:

Challenge Level:1

I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?

Triangles in a Square

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Challenge Level:1

What are the possible areas of triangles drawn in a square?

Can They Be Equal?

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Challenge Level:1

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

Perimeter Challenge

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Challenge Level:1

Can you deduce the perimeters of the shapes from the information given?

Blue and White

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Challenge Level:1

Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?

Fence It

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Challenge Level:1

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Colourful Cube

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Challenge Level:1

A colourful cube is made from little red and yellow cubes. But can you work out how many of each?

An Unusual Shape

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Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?

Changing Areas, Changing Volumes

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How can you change the surface area of a cuboid but keep its volume the same? How can you change the volume but keep the surface area the same?

More Isometric Areas

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Isometric Areas explored areas of parallelograms in triangular units. Here we explore areas of triangles...

On the Edge

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Sending a Parcel

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Cuboid Challenge

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

Pick's Theorem

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Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter (p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship between p, i and the area of the polygons.

Efficient Cutting

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Use a single sheet of A4 paper and make a cylinder having the greatest possible volume. The cylinder must be closed off by a circle at each end.

Painted Cube

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Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

Warmsnug Double Glazing

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

How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?

Cuboids

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Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

Cola Can

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An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

Perimeter, Area and Volume Stage 3 - Short Problems

KS 3

A collection of short Stage 3 problems on area and volume.