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

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.

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?

A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .

Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second. . . .

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

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

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

Can you explain the surprising results Jo found when she calculated the difference between square numbers?

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

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?

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.

If the hypotenuse (base) length is 100cm and if an extra line splits the base into 36cm and 64cm parts, what were the side lengths for the original right-angled triangle?

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

An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?

A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?

Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.

Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?

The sums of the squares of three related numbers is also a perfect square - can you explain why?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Choose four consecutive whole numbers. Multiply the first and last numbers together. Multiply the middle pair together. What do you notice?

Take any prime number greater than 3 , square it and subtract one. Working on the building blocks will help you to explain what is special about your results.

Many numbers can be expressed as the difference of two perfect squares. What do you notice about the numbers you CANNOT make?

In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?

Show that if you add 1 to the product of four consecutive numbers the answer is ALWAYS a perfect square.

A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?

Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?

Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.

Given an equilateral triangle inside an isosceles triangle, can you find a relationship between the angles?

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

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

Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?

Find the decimal equivalents of the fractions one ninth, one ninety ninth, one nine hundred and ninety ninth etc. Explain the pattern you get and generalise.

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

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".

How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

A 1 metre cube has one face on the ground and one face against a wall. A 4 metre ladder leans against the wall and just touches the cube. How high is the top of the ladder above the ground?

Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...

Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

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?