How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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?
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?
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?
Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made from 27 unit cubes so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original 3 by 3 by 3. . . .
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
What is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.
An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?
At the corner of the cube circular arcs are drawn and the area enclosed shaded. What fraction of the surface area of the cube is shaded? Try working out the answer without recourse to pencil and. . . .
According to Plutarch, the Greeks found all the rectangles with integer sides, whose areas are equal to their perimeters. Can you find them? What rectangular boxes, with integer sides, have. . . .