You may also like

problem icon


Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?

problem icon

Great Squares

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

problem icon

Square Areas

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

Fence It

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine you had $40$ one-metre sections of fencing.

What is the largest rectangular area of land you could fence off?

Now imagine you could build your fence up against a wall, so you only need to use the fence for three sides of the enclosure:

What is the largest area you can fence off now?

Now imagine you can attach the fence to the wall shown below, at the point marked X.
L shaped enclosure

What is the largest area you can fence off now?

Could you enclose even greater areas if you had $40$m of flexible wire fencing that could fence off curves as well as straight lines?