Three rods of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure with right angles between them. What arrangement maximises the area

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

Can you find a general rule for finding the areas of equilateral triangles drawn on an isometric grid?

Prove that the area of a quadrilateral is given by half the product of the lengths of the diagonals multiplied by the sine of the angle between the diagonals.

A farmer has a field which is the shape of a trapezium as illustrated below. To increase his profits he wishes to grow two different crops. To do this he would like to divide the field into two. . . .

A trapezium is divided into four triangles by its diagonals. Suppose the two triangles containing the parallel sides have areas a and b, what is the area of the trapezium?

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?

Take any rectangle ABCD such that AB > BC. The point P is on AB and Q is on CD. Show that there is exactly one position of P and Q such that APCQ is a rhombus.

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.

Four quadrants are drawn centred at the vertices of a square . Find the area of the central region bounded by the four arcs.

Triangle ABC is right angled at A and semi circles are drawn on all three sides producing two 'crescents'. Show that the sum of the areas of the two crescents equals the area of triangle ABC.

Semicircles are drawn on the sides of a rectangle ABCD. A circle passing through points ABCD carves out four crescent-shaped regions. Prove that the sum of the areas of the four crescents is equal to. . . .

Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?

Can you choose your units so that a cube has the same numerical value for it volume, surface area and total edge length?

Can you show that you can share a square pizza equally between two people by cutting it four times using vertical, horizontal and diagonal cuts through any point inside the square?

Six circular discs are packed in different-shaped boxes so that the discs touch their neighbours and the sides of the box. Can you put the boxes in order according to the areas of their bases?

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

ABC and DEF are equilateral triangles of side 3 and 4 respectively. Construct an equilateral triangle whose area is the sum of the area of ABC and DEF.

Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?

If the base of a rectangle is increased by 10% and the area is unchanged, by what percentage (exactly) is the width decreased by ?

Draw two circles, each of radius 1 unit, so that each circle goes through the centre of the other one. What is the area of the overlap?

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

Straight lines are drawn from each corner of a square to the mid points of the opposite sides. Express the area of the octagon that is formed at the centre as a fraction of the area of the square.

In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem, but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?

It is possible to dissect any square into smaller squares. What is the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected into?

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.

Three squares are drawn on the sides of a triangle ABC. Their areas are respectively 18 000, 20 000 and 26 000 square centimetres. If the outer vertices of the squares are joined, three more. . . .

Points P, Q, R and S each divide the sides AB, BC, CD and DA respectively in the ratio of 2 : 1. Join the points. What is the area of the parallelogram PQRS in relation to the original rectangle?

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.

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

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

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.

Follow the instructions and you can take a rectangle, cut it into 4 pieces, discard two small triangles, put together the remaining two pieces and end up with a rectangle the same size. Try it!

A hallway floor is tiled and each tile is one foot square. Given that the number of tiles around the perimeter is EXACTLY half the total number of tiles, find the possible dimensions of the hallway.

What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

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

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?

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

Cut off three right angled isosceles triangles to produce a pentagon. With two lines, cut the pentagon into three parts which can be rearranged into another square.

Determine the total shaded area of the 'kissing triangles'.

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

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

Investigate the properties of quadrilaterals which can be drawn with a circle just touching each side and another circle just touching each vertex.

A tower of squares is built inside a right angled isosceles triangle. The largest square stands on the hypotenuse. What fraction of the area of the triangle is covered by the series of squares?

If I print this page which shape will require the more yellow ink?

Investigate the different ways of cutting a perfectly circular pie into equal pieces using exactly 3 cuts. The cuts have to be along chords of the circle (which might be diameters).

Which is a better fit, a square peg in a round hole or a round peg in a square hole?