Two places are diametrically opposite each other on the same line
of latitude. Compare the distances between them travelling along
the line of latitude and travelling over the nearest pole.
A security camera, taking pictures each half a second, films a
cyclist going by. In the film, the cyclist appears to go forward
while the wheels appear to go backwards. Why?
An equilateral triangle rotates around regular polygons and
produces an outline like a flower. What are the perimeters of the
Find the perimeter and area of a holly leaf that will not lie flat
(it has negative curvature with 'circles' having circumference
greater than 2πr).
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
A circular plate rolls inside a rectangular tray making five
circuits and rotating about its centre seven times. Find the
dimensions of the tray.
Use a single sheet of A4 paper and make a cylinder having the greatest possible volume. The cylinder must be closed off by a circle at each end.
A circular plate rolls in contact with the sides of a rectangular
tray. How much of its circumference comes into contact with the
sides of the tray when it rolls around one circuit?
The ten arcs forming the edges of the "holly leaf" are all arcs of
circles of radius 1 cm. Find the length of the perimeter of the
holly leaf and the area of its surface.
Imagine a rectangular tray lying flat on a table. Suppose that a plate lies on the tray and rolls around, in contact with the sides as it rolls. What can we say about the motion?