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

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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

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. . . .

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?

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?

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. . . .

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

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

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. . . .

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?

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

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. . . .

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

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

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).

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?

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

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

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. . . .

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. . . .

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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?

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

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