See if you can anticipate successive 'generations' of the two animals shown here.
Can you work out how these polygon pictures were drawn, and use that to figure out their angles?
Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups - each group must contain one of each shape.
Join pentagons together edge to edge. Will they form a ring?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.
A cheap and simple toy with lots of mathematics. Can you interpret the images that are produced? Can you predict the pattern that will be produced using different wheels?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Which hexagons tessellate?
At the time of writing the hour and minute hands of my clock are at right angles. How long will it be before they are at right angles again?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mah Ling?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
Can you arrange the shapes in a chain so that each one shares a face (or faces) that are the same shape as the one that follows it?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?
A rectangular field has two posts with a ring on top of each post. There are two quarrelsome goats and plenty of ropes which you can tie to their collars. How can you secure them so they can't. . . .
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
ABCDEFGH is a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. Point P is 1/3 along AB (that is AP : PB = 1 : 2), point Q is 1/3 along GH and point R is 1/3 along ED. What is the area of the triangle PQR?
The second in a series of articles on visualising and modelling shapes in the history of astronomy.
The image in this problem is part of a piece of equipment found in the playground of a school. How would you describe it to someone over the phone?
Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.
Given a 2 by 2 by 2 skeletal cube with one route `down' the cube. How many routes are there from A to B?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?
A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
This article explores ths history of theories about the shape of our planet. It is the first in a series of articles looking at the significance of geometric shapes in the history of astronomy.
Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the silhouette of the junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mah Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the playing piece?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the clock?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the rabbits?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the dragon?