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

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

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.

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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.

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).

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?

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. . . .

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. . . .

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. . . .

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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