Perimeter, Area and Volume - Stage 3

These resources are designed to encourage you to explore perimeter, area and volume of shapes and solids based on rectangles and triangles. For resources about area, perimeter and volume that include shapes and solids with curved edges and surfaces, see our collection Perimeter, Area and Volume - Stage 4.

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Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Perimeter and Area

This selection of problems is a great starting point for learning about Perimeter and Area.

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Surface Area and Volume

This selection of problems is a great starting point for learning about Surface Area and Volume



Blue and White

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

An Unusual Shape

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?

Cuboids

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

On the Edge

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?

Sending a Parcel

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Fence It

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Efficient Cutting

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Use a single sheet of A4 paper and make a cylinder having the greatest possible volume. The cylinder must be closed off by a circle at each end.

Isosceles Triangles

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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?

Cola Can

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

Can They Be Equal?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Cuboid Challenge

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?

Changing Areas, Changing Perimeters

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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?

Changing Areas, Changing Volumes

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

How can you change the surface area of a cuboid but keep its volume the same? How can you change the volume but keep the surface area the same?

Perimeter Possibilities

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Triangles in a Square

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

What are the possible areas of triangles drawn in a square?

Perimeter Challenge

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you deduce the perimeters of the shapes from the information given?

Colourful Cube

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

A colourful cube is made from little red and yellow cubes. But can you work out how many of each?

Isometric Areas

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

We usually use squares to measure area, but what if we use triangles instead?

More Isometric Areas

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Isometric Areas explored areas of parallelograms in triangular units. Here we explore areas of triangles...

Perimeter, Area and Volume Short Problems

Age 11 to 16

A collection of short problems on area and volume.