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Broad Topics > Measures and Mensuration > Perimeters

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Can They Be Equal?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Sizing Them Up

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.

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Warmsnug Double Glazing

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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On the Edge

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try to. . . .

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Belt

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A belt of thin wire, length L, binds together two cylindrical welding rods, whose radii are R and r, by passing all the way around them both. Find L in terms of R and r.

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Pick's Theorem

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Numerically Equal

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

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Arclets

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Each of the following shapes is made from arcs of a circle of radius r. What is the perimeter of a shape with 3, 4, 5 and n "nodes".

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Is There a Theorem?

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Draw a square. A second square of the same size slides around the first always maintaining contact and keeping the same orientation. How far does the dot travel?

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Pericut

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Two semicircle sit on the diameter of a semicircle centre O of twice their radius. Lines through O divide the perimeter into two parts. What can you say about the lengths of these two parts?

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Shape Draw

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.

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Through the Window

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?

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Dicey Perimeter, Dicey Area

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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Perimeter Possibilities

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Changing Areas, Changing Perimeters

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Perimeter Expressions

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Create some shapes by combining two or more rectangles. What can you say about the areas and perimeters of the shapes you can make?

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Area and Perimeter

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

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Cutting it Out

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?

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Pick's Quadratics

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Find a quadratic formula which generalises Pick's Theorem.

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Circle Panes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Look at the mathematics that is all around us - this circular window is a wonderful example.

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Von Koch Curve

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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.

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Squareflake

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Smaller and Smaller

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you predict, without drawing, what the perimeter of the next shape in this pattern will be if we continue drawing them in the same way?

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Shapes on the Playground

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?

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Five Circuits, Seven Spins

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A circular plate rolls inside a rectangular tray making five circuits and rotating about its centre seven times. Find the dimensions of the tray.

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AP Rectangles

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

An AP rectangle is one whose area is numerically equal to its perimeter. If you are given the length of a side can you always find an AP rectangle with one side the given length?

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Coins on a Plate

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Points A, B and C are the centres of three circles, each one of which touches the other two. Prove that the perimeter of the triangle ABC is equal to the diameter of the largest circle.

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Contact

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A circular plate rolls in contact with the sides of a rectangular tray. How much of its circumference comes into contact with the sides of the tray when it rolls around one circuit?

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Giant Holly Leaf

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Find the perimeter and area of a holly leaf that will not lie flat (it has negative curvature with 'circles' having circumference greater than 2πr).

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Coke Machine

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The coke machine in college takes 50 pence pieces. It also takes a certain foreign coin of traditional design. Coins inserted into the machine slide down a chute into the machine and a drink is duly. . . .

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Some(?) of the Parts

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A circle touches the lines OA, OB and AB where OA and OB are perpendicular. Show that the diameter of the circle is equal to the perimeter of the triangle

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Lawn Border

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?

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Fencing Lambs

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

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Polydron

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.