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?

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. . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

Straight lines are drawn from each corner of a square to the mid points of the opposite sides. Express the area of the octagon that is formed at the centre as a fraction of the area of the square.

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

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?

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 find the areas of the trapezia in this sequence?

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?

What is the ratio of the area of a square inscribed in a semicircle to the area of the square inscribed in the entire circle?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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).

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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?

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!

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

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?

Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

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.

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

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