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The Old Goats

Age 11 to 14
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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. . . .

Efficient Packing

Age 14 to 16
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How efficiently can you pack together disks?

Tied Up

Age 14 to 16 Short
Challenge Level

How much of the field can the animals graze?

Something in Common

Age 14 to 16
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A square of area 3 square units cannot be drawn on a 2D grid so that each of its vertices have integer coordinates, but can it be drawn on a 3D grid? Investigate squares that can be drawn.

Trice

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Ten Hidden Squares

Age 7 to 14
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These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

Star Gazing

Age 14 to 16
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Find the ratio of the outer shaded area to the inner area for a six pointed star and an eight pointed star.

LOGO Challenge - Circles as Animals

Age 11 to 16
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See if you can anticipate successive 'generations' of the two animals shown here.

Corridors

Age 14 to 16
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A 10x10x10 cube is made from 27 2x2 cubes with corridors between them. Find the shortest route from one corner to the opposite corner.

Dissect

Age 11 to 14
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What is the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected into?

Eight Hidden Squares

Age 7 to 14
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On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

Playground Snapshot

Age 7 to 14
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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?

Tilting Triangles

Age 14 to 16
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A right-angled isosceles triangle is rotated about the centre point of a square. What can you say about the area of the part of the square covered by the triangle as it rotates?

Like a Circle in a Spiral

Age 7 to 16
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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?

Coloured Edges

Age 11 to 14
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The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?

A Tilted Square

Age 14 to 16
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The opposite vertices of a square have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d). What are the coordinates of the other vertices?

Just Opposite

Age 14 to 16
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A and C are the opposite vertices of a square ABCD, and have coordinates (a,b) and (c,d), respectively. What are the coordinates of the vertices B and D? What is the area of the square?

Rolling Around

Age 11 to 14
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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?

An Unusual Shape

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Can you maximise the area available to a grazing goat?

Zooming in on the Squares

Age 7 to 14

Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?

Tetra Square

Age 11 to 14
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ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.

Framed

Age 11 to 14
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Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .

Cube Paths

Age 11 to 14
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Given a 2 by 2 by 2 skeletal cube with one route `down' the cube. How many routes are there from A to B?

Linkage

Age 11 to 14
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Four rods, two of length a and two of length b, are linked to form a kite. The linkage is moveable so that the angles change. What is the maximum area of the kite?

Doesn't Add Up

Age 14 to 16
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In this problem we are faced with an apparently easy area problem, but it has gone horribly wrong! What happened?

Weighty Problem

Age 11 to 14
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The diagram shows a very heavy kitchen cabinet. It cannot be lifted but it can be pivoted around a corner. The task is to move it, without sliding, in a series of turns about the corners so that it. . . .

On the Edge

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

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

Concrete Wheel

Age 11 to 14
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A huge wheel is rolling past your window. What do you see?

Square It

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Polygon Pictures

Age 11 to 14
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Can you work out how these polygon pictures were drawn, and use that to figure out their angles?

Efficient Cutting

Age 11 to 14
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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.

Square Coordinates

Age 11 to 14
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A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

Baravelle

Age 7 to 16
Challenge Level

What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?

All Tied Up

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

A ribbon runs around a box so that it makes a complete loop with two parallel pieces of ribbon on the top. How long will the ribbon be?

Auditorium Steps

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?

Vanishing Point

Age 14 to 18
Challenge Level

How can visual patterns be used to prove sums of series?

The Farmers' Field Boundary

Age 11 to 14
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The farmers want to redraw their field boundary but keep the area the same. Can you advise them?

Isosceles Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Route to Infinity

Age 11 to 14
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Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

3D Stacks

Age 7 to 14
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Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?

Cutting a Cube

Age 11 to 14
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A half-cube is cut into two pieces by a plane through the long diagonal and at right angles to it. Can you draw a net of these pieces? Are they identical?

Convex Polygons

Age 11 to 14
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Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.

Polygon Rings

Age 11 to 14
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Join pentagons together edge to edge. Will they form a ring?

Wari

Age 14 to 16
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This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?

Dotty Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?

Keep Your Distance

Age 11 to 14
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Can you mark 4 points on a flat surface so that there are only two different distances between them?

3D Treasure Hunt

Age 14 to 18
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Some treasure has been hidden in a three-dimensional grid! Can you work out a strategy to find it as efficiently as possible?

Coordinate Patterns

Age 11 to 14
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Charlie and Alison have been drawing patterns on coordinate grids. Can you picture where the patterns lead?

Rati-o

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Shear Magic

Age 11 to 14
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Explore the area of families of parallelograms and triangles. Can you find rules to work out the areas?