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Squareflake

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A finite area inside and infinite skin! You can paint the interior of this fractal with a small tin of paint but you could never get enough paint to paint the edge.

Equilateral Areas

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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.

Dividing the Field

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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. . . .

Same Height

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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?

Von Koch Curve

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Make a poster using equilateral triangles with sides 27, 9, 3 and 1 units assembled as stage 3 of the Von Koch fractal. Investigate areas & lengths when you repeat a process infinitely often.

Of All the Areas

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

Percentage Unchanged

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

Diagonals for Area

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

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Investigate the properties of quadrilaterals which can be drawn with a circle just touching each side and another circle just touching each vertex.

Pythagoras for a Tetrahedron

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In a right-angled tetrahedron prove that the sum of the squares of the areas of the 3 faces in mutually perpendicular planes equals the square of the area of the sloping face. A generalisation. . . .

Bound to Be

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

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Find a quadratic formula which generalises Pick's Theorem.

Crescents and Triangles

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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.

Gutter

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

Semi-detached

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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.

Uniform Units

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

Squ-areas

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Three squares are drawn on the sides of a triangle ABC. Their areas are respectively 18 000, 20 000 and 26 000 square centimetres. If the outer vertices of the squares are joined, three more. . . .

Inscribed in a Circle

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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?

So Big

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One side of a triangle is divided into segments of length a and b by the inscribed circle, with radius r. Prove that the area is: abr(a+b)/ab-r^2

Two Shapes & Printer Ink

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If I print this page which shape will require the more yellow ink?

Areas of Parallelograms

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

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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. . . .

From All Corners

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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.

Trapezium Four

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

Trig Rules OK

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Change the squares in this diagram and spot the property that stays the same for the triangles. Explain...

Rhombus in Rectangle

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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.

Golden Triangle

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Three triangles ABC, CBD and ABD (where D is a point on AC) are all isosceles. Find all the angles. Prove that the ratio of AB to BC is equal to the golden ratio.

Semi-square

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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?

Curvy Areas

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

Two Circles

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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?

Compare Areas

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

Mean Geometrically

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A and B are two points on a circle centre O. Tangents at A and B cut at C. CO cuts the circle at D. What is the relationship between areas of ADBO, ABO and ACBO?

Max Box

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

Towering Trapeziums

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

Partly Circles

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

Vecten

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Join in this ongoing research. Build squares on the sides of a triangle, join the outer vertices forming hexagons, build further rings of squares and quadrilaterals, investigate.

Square Pizza

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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?

Get Cross

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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?

Take a Square

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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.

Spokes

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Draw three equal line segments in a unit circle to divide the circle into four parts of equal area.

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

Six Discs

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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?

Salinon

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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?

Proof of Pick's Theorem

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Follow the hints and prove Pick's Theorem.

Areas and Ratios

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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.

Biology Measurement Challenge

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Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.

Maths Filler 2

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Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?

Efficient Packing

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How efficiently can you pack together disks?

Sangaku

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The square ABCD is split into three triangles by the lines BP and CP. Find the radii of the three inscribed circles to these triangles as P moves on AD.