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

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?

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?

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?

Investigate the properties of quadrilaterals which can be drawn with a circle just touching each side and another circle just touching each vertex.

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

Can you choose your units so that a cube has the same numerical value for it volume, surface area and total edge length?

A trapezium is divided into four triangles by its diagonals. Suppose the two triangles containing the parallel sides have areas a and b, what is the area of the trapezium?

Triangle ABC is right angled at A and semi circles are drawn on all three sides producing two 'crescents'. Show that the sum of the areas of the two crescents equals the area of triangle ABC.

Four quadrants are drawn centred at the vertices of a square . Find the area of the central region bounded by the four arcs.

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.

A farmer has a field which is the shape of a trapezium as illustrated below. To increase his profits he wishes to grow two different crops. To do this he would like to divide the field into two. . . .

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

If the base of a rectangle is increased by 10% and the area is unchanged, by what percentage (exactly) is the width decreased by ?

Can you prove this formula for finding the area of a quadrilateral from its diagonals?

If I print this page which shape will require the more yellow ink?

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.

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 area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it out.

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!

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.

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?

Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.

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

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?

Three squares are drawn on the sides of a triangle ABC. Their areas are respectively 18 000, 20 000 and 26 000 square centimetres. If the outer vertices of the squares are joined, three more. . . .

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

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?

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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

Bluey-green, white and transparent squares with a few odd bits of shapes around the perimeter. But, how many squares are there of each type in the complete circle? Study the picture and make. . . .

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

Cut off three right angled isosceles triangles to produce a pentagon. With two lines, cut the pentagon into three parts which can be rearranged into another square.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

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

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 square carpet.

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).

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

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

Given a square ABCD of sides 10 cm, and using the corners as centres, construct four quadrants with radius 10 cm each inside the square. The four arcs intersect at P, Q, R and S. Find the. . . .

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. . . .