Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?
What fractions of the largest circle are the two shaded regions?
At the corner of the cube circular arcs are drawn and the area enclosed shaded. What fraction of the surface area of the cube is shaded? Try working out the answer without recourse to pencil and. . . .
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.
A hallway floor is tiled and each tile is one foot square. Given
that the number of tiles around the perimeter is EXACTLY half the
total number of tiles, find the possible dimensions of the hallway.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
A tower of squares is built inside a right angled isosceles
triangle. The largest square stands on the hypotenuse. What
fraction of the area of the triangle is covered by the series of
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Points P, Q, R and S each divide the sides AB, BC, CD and DA respectively in the ratio of 2 : 1. Join the points. What is the area of the parallelogram PQRS in relation to the original rectangle?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .
Polygons drawn on square dotty paper have dots on their perimeter
(p) and often internal (i) ones as well. Find a relationship
between p, i and the area of the polygons.
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
Explore one of these five pictures.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
Can you work out the area of the inner square and give an
explanation of how you did it?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
A circle with the radius of 2.2 centimetres is drawn touching the sides of a square. What area of the square is NOT covered by the circle?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
Which is a better fit, a square peg in a round hole or a round peg
in a square hole?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.
Prove that a triangle with sides of length 5, 5 and 6 has the same area as a triangle with sides of length 5, 5 and 8. Find other pairs of non-congruent isosceles triangles which have equal areas.
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just
like the one I have here?
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
How can you change the area of a shape but keep its perimeter the same? How can you change the perimeter but keep the area the same?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its
area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover
What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you
Have a good look at these images. Can you describe what is happening? There are plenty more images like this on NRICH's Exploring Squares CD.
Follow the instructions and you can take a rectangle, cut it into 4 pieces, discard two small triangles, put together the remaining two pieces and end up with a rectangle the same size. Try it!
A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
Derive a formula for finding the area of any kite.
It is possible to dissect any square into smaller squares. What is
the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected
You have a 12 by 9 foot carpet with an 8 by 1 foot hole exactly in
the middle. Cut the carpet into two pieces to make a 10 by 10 foot
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Investigate the different ways of cutting a perfectly circular pie into equal pieces using exactly 3 cuts. The cuts have to be along chords of the circle (which might be diameters).
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.