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?
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. . . .
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.
In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem, but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.
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. . . .
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. . . .
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.
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?
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?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Explore one of these five pictures.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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 choose your units so that a cube has the same numerical value for it volume, surface area and total edge length?
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.
What is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.
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?
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?
Derive a formula for finding the area of any kite.
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
If I print this page which shape will require the more yellow ink?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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 find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
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.
If the base of a rectangle is increased by 10% and the area is unchanged, by what percentage (exactly) is the width decreased by ?
Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?