This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
This problem challenges you to work out what fraction of the whole area of these pictures is taken up by various shapes.
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
The large rectangle is divided into a series of smaller quadrilaterals and triangles. Can you untangle what fractional part is represented by each of the shapes?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Can you sketch triangles that fit in the cells in this grid? Which ones are impossible? How do you know?
This interactivity allows you to sort logic blocks by dragging their images.
You have pitched your tent (the red triangle) on an island. Can you move it to the position shown by the purple triangle making sure you obey the rules?
The triangles in these sets are similar - can you work out the lengths of the sides which have question marks?
The graph below is an oblique coordinate system based on 60 degree angles. It was drawn on isometric paper. What kinds of triangles do these points form?
Triangles are formed by joining the vertices of a skeletal cube. How many different types of triangle are there? How many triangles altogether?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups - each group must contain one of each shape.
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
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?
Can you describe what happens in this film?
Draw all the possible distinct triangles on a 4 x 4 dotty grid. Convince me that you have all possible triangles.
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?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
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?
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?
A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
Using LOGO, can you construct elegant procedures that will draw this family of 'floor coverings'?
Liethagoras, Pythagoras' cousin (!), was jealous of Pythagoras and came up with his own theorem. Read this article to find out why other mathematicians laughed at him.