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

You can move the 4 pieces of the jigsaw and fit them into both outlines. Explain what has happened to the missing one unit of area.

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. . . .

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?

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?

Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made from 27 unit cubes so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original 3 by 3 by 3. . . .

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

This rectangle is cut into five pieces which fit exactly into a triangular outline and also into a square outline where the triangle, the rectangle and the square have equal areas.

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!

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

How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?

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?

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

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. . . .

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

Make an eight by eight square, the layout is the same as a chessboard. You can print out and use the square below. What is the area of the square? Divide the square in the way shown by the red dashed. . . .

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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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

What is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.

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

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?

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?

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

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. . . .

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

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.

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

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 find the areas of the trapezia in this sequence?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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