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?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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?

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. . . .

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?

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?

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?

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

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. . . .

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 ?

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 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?

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.

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.

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

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?

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?

Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?

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

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

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

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.

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