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?

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?

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?

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

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

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. . . .

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

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 .

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

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

Your school has been left a million pounds in the will of an ex- pupil. What model of investment and spending would you use in order to ensure the best return on the money?

Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

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

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?

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. . . .

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

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?

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

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

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

If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?

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?

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 ?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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

Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at 100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?

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

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

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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

Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

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

A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?

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

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

Which of these games would you play to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a prize?

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

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

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?

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.