You may also like

problem icon

Right Time

At the time of writing the hour and minute hands of my clock are at right angles. How long will it be before they are at right angles again?

problem icon

Isosceles

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.

problem icon

Linkage

Four rods, two of length a and two of length b, are linked to form a kite. The linkage is moveable so that the angles change. What is the maximum area of the kite?

Radioactive Triangle

Age 11 to 14 Short Challenge Level:
 
The diagram shows a large equilateral triangle divided by three straight lines into seven regions. The three grey regions are equilateral triangles with sides of length $5\;\mathrm{cm}$ and the central black region is an equilateral triangle with sides of length $2\;\mathrm{cm}$.

What is the side length of the original large triangle?




If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task that challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.


This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.