Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?

A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.

A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .

The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?

A circle is inscribed in a triangle which has side lengths of 8, 15 and 17 cm. What is the radius of the circle?

What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?

Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?

Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.

A 1 metre cube has one face on the ground and one face against a wall. A 4 metre ladder leans against the wall and just touches the cube. How high is the top of the ladder above the ground?

If the hypotenuse (base) length is 100cm and if an extra line splits the base into 36cm and 64cm parts, what were the side lengths for the original right-angled triangle?

A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?

This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?

Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?

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

Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second. . . .

A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?

There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.

Triangle ABC is isosceles while triangle DEF is equilateral. Find one angle in terms of the other two.

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try. . . .

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

Think of two whole numbers under 10. Take one of them and add 1. Multiply by 5. Add 1 again. Double your answer. Subract 1. Add your second number. Add 2. Double again. Subtract 8. Halve this. . . .

The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?

Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

What is the largest number which, when divided into 1905, 2587, 3951, 7020 and 8725 in turn, leaves the same remainder each time?

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

Find the decimal equivalents of the fractions one ninth, one ninety ninth, one nine hundred and ninety ninth etc. Explain the pattern you get and generalise.

What is the area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it out.

What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?

It is known that the area of the largest equilateral triangular section of a cube is 140sq cm. What is the side length of the cube? The distances between the centres of two adjacent faces of. . . .

A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this.

Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...

Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

Chris is enjoying a swim but needs to get back for lunch. If she can swim at 3 m/s and run at 7m/sec, how far along the bank should she land in order to get back as quickly as possible?

Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

What does this number mean ? Which order of 1, 2, 3 and 4 makes the highest value ? Which makes the lowest ?