Three rods of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure with right angles between them. What arrangement maximises the area

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?

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.

Take any rectangle ABCD such that AB > BC. The point P is on AB and Q is on CD. Show that there is exactly one position of P and Q such that APCQ is a rhombus.

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

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.

Can you find a general rule for finding the areas of equilateral triangles drawn on an isometric grid?

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).

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?

What fractions of the largest circle are the two shaded regions?

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.

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

ABC and DEF are equilateral triangles of side 3 and 4 respectively. Construct an equilateral triangle whose area is the sum of the area of ABC and DEF.

In the four examples below identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?

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

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

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

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?

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 squares?

I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Determine the total shaded area of the 'kissing triangles'.

Can you work out the area of the inner square and give an explanation of how you did it?

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?

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.

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?

Which is a better fit, a square peg in a round hole or a round peg in a square hole?

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?

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.

Can you show that you can share a square pizza equally between two people by cutting it four times using vertical, horizontal and diagonal cuts through any point inside the square?

This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.

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?

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

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.

Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?

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!

Six circular discs are packed in different-shaped boxes so that the discs touch their neighbours and the sides of the box. Can you put the boxes in order according to the areas of their bases?

What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?

In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem, but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?

Draw two circles, each of radius 1 unit, so that each circle goes through the centre of the other one. What is the area of the overlap?

Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?

Prove that the area of a quadrilateral is given by half the product of the lengths of the diagonals multiplied by the sine of the angle between the diagonals.