At the corner of the cube circular arcs are drawn and the area enclosed shaded. What fraction of the surface area of the cube is shaded? Try working out the answer without recourse to pencil and. . . .

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

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

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.

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?

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.

Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?

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?

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

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

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. . . .

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

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. . . .

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

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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. . . .

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?

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.

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?

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. . . .

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

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?

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?

Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?

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

A white cross is placed symmetrically in a red disc with the central square of side length sqrt 2 and the arms of the cross of length 1 unit. What is the area of the disc still showing?

Can you find the areas of the trapezia in this sequence?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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).

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. . . .

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

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.

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?

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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