Read about David Hilbert who proved that any polygon could be cut up into a certain number of pieces that could be put back together to form any other polygon of equal area.
This article for teachers gives some food for thought when teaching ideas about area.
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?
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.
Grandpa was measuring a rug using yards, feet and inches. Can you help William to work out its area?
Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.
A simple visual exploration into halving and doubling.
Look at the mathematics that is all around us - this circular window is a wonderful example.
You have pitched your tent (the red triangle) on an island. Can you move it to the position shown by the purple triangle making sure you obey the rules?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Explore one of these five pictures.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Measure problems at primary level that may require determination.
Measure problems for primary learners to work on with others.
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 into?
Measure problems for inquiring primary learners.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Measure problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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 this area?
Derive a formula for finding the area of any kite.
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.
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
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?
Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.