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

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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.

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. . . .

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.

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

A circle with the radius of 2.2 centimetres is drawn touching the sides of a square. What area of the square is NOT covered by the circle?

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

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

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.

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

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.

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!

This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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. . . .

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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

Bluey-green, white and transparent squares with a few odd bits of shapes around the perimeter. But, how many squares are there of each type in the complete circle? Study the picture and make. . . .

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.