Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
Can you draw the height-time chart as this complicated vessel fills with water?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Can you rank these sets of quantities in order, from smallest to largest? Can you provide convincing evidence for your rankings?
Explore one of these five pictures.
What is the shape and dimensions of a box that will contain six cups and have as small a surface area as possible.
This article, written for teachers, discusses the merits of different kinds of resources: those which involve exploration and those which centre on calculation.
At the corner of the cube circular arcs are drawn and the area enclosed shaded. What fraction of the surface area of the cube is shaded? Try working out the answer without recourse to pencil and. . . .
You have a 12 by 9 foot carpet with an 8 by 1 foot hole exactly in the middle. Cut the carpet into two pieces to make a 10 by 10 foot square carpet.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made from 27 unit cubes so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original 3 by 3 by 3. . . .
My measurements have got all jumbled up! Swap them around and see if you can find a combination where every measurement is valid.
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.
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?
Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?
An activity for high-attaining learners which involves making a new cylinder from a cardboard tube.
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.
Bluey-green, white and transparent squares with a few odd bits of shapes around the perimeter. But, how many squares are there of each type in the complete circle? Study the picture and make. . . .
Can you choose your units so that a cube has the same numerical value for it volume, surface area and total edge length?
What happens to the area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes when you enlarge them?
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?
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.
The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
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.
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?
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?
Can you find the areas of the trapezia in this sequence?
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?
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.
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
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 rods of different lengths form three sides of an enclosure with right angles between them. What arrangement maximises the area
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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?
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!
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?
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.
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.
Investigate the properties of quadrilaterals which can be drawn with a circle just touching each side and another circle just touching each vertex.
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?
If the base of a rectangle is increased by 10% and the area is unchanged, by what percentage (exactly) is the width decreased by ?
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. . . .
In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem, but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?
Can you prove this formula for finding the area of a quadrilateral from its diagonals?