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?

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.

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?

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

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

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

Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

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

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

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.

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 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

A plastic funnel is used to pour liquids through narrow apertures. What shape funnel would use the least amount of plastic to manufacture for any specific volume ?

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?

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

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 to. . . .

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

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

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?

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

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

A mother wants to share a sum of money by giving each of her children in turn a lump sum plus a fraction of the remainder. How can she do this in order to share the money out equally?

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

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.

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

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

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

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