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?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
A circle is inscribed in a triangle which has side lengths of 8, 15
and 17 cm. What is the radius of the circle?
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.
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. . . .
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.
Three rods of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure
with right angles between them. What arrangement maximises the area
Can you choose your units so that a cube has the same numerical value for it volume, surface area and total edge length?
Investigate the properties of quadrilaterals which can be drawn
with a circle just touching each side and another circle just
touching each vertex.
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.
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?
If the base of a rectangle is increased by 10% and the area is
unchanged, by what percentage (exactly) is the width decreased by ?
If I print this page which shape will require the more yellow ink?
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. . . .
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 area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building
blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it
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 ratio of the area of a square inscribed in a semicircle to the area of the square inscribed in the entire circle?
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you
create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
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 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?
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.
Determine the total shaded area of the 'kissing triangles'.
Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?
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?
In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem,
but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an
isosceles, right angle triangle?
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
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
Explore one of these five pictures.
Can you work out the area of the inner square and give an
explanation of how you did it?
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 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
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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?
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
What is the same and what is different about these circle
questions? What connections can you make?
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
An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.
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 happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of
others and responding.
This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.
Derive a formula for finding the area of any kite.