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There are **109** NRICH Mathematical resources connected to **Triangles**, you may find related items under Angles, polygons, and geometrical proof.

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### Name That Triangle!

Can you sketch triangles that fit in the cells in this grid? Which ones are impossible? How do you know?

Age 7 to 11

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### Triangle or No Triangle?

Here is a selection of different shapes. Can you work out which ones are triangles, and why?

Age 5 to 7

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### Always, Sometimes or Never? Shape

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Age 7 to 11

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### Paper Patchwork 2

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

Age 5 to 7

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### Isosceles Seven

Is it possible to find the angles in this rather special isosceles triangle?

Age 14 to 16

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### Constructing Triangles

Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?

Age 11 to 14

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### Walking Round a Triangle

This ladybird is taking a walk round a triangle. Can you see how much he has turned when he gets back to where he started?

Age 5 to 7

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### Data Shapes

Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?

Age 5 to 7

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### Sorting Logic Blocks

This activity focuses on similarities and differences between shapes.

Age 5 to 11

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### Jig Shapes

Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?

Age 5 to 11

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### Repeating Patterns

Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

Age 5 to 7

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### Overlaps

What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use some cut-out shapes to test your prediction.

Age 5 to 7

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### Inside Triangles

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Age 5 to 7

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### Matching Triangles

Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?

Age 5 to 7

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### Fraction Fascination

This problem challenges you to work out what fraction of the whole area of these pictures is taken up by various shapes.

Age 7 to 11

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### More Transformations on a Pegboard

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Age 7 to 11

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### Triangle Animals

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

Age 5 to 7

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### Triangle in a Triangle

Can you work out the fraction of the original triangle that is covered by the inner triangle?

Age 14 to 16

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### Property Chart

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?

Age 11 to 14

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### Shapely Pairs

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...

Age 11 to 14

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### Nine-pin Triangles

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Age 7 to 11

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### Triangles All Around

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

Age 7 to 11

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### Isosceles Triangles

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?

Age 11 to 14

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### Tangram Tangle

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

Age 5 to 7

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### Hexy-metry

A hexagon, with sides alternately a and b units in length, is inscribed in a circle. How big is the radius of the circle?

Age 14 to 16

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### Transformations on a Pegboard

How would you move the bands on the pegboard to alter these shapes?

Age 7 to 11

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### Rectangle Tangle

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?

Age 7 to 11

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### Egyptian Rope

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?

Age 7 to 11

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### Lens Angle

Find the missing angle between the two secants to the circle when the two angles at the centre subtended by the arcs created by the intersections of the secants and the circle are 50 and 120 degrees.

Age 14 to 16

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### Cut it Out

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?

Age 7 to 11

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### Of All the Areas

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

Age 14 to 16

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### Triangle Midpoints

You are only given the three midpoints of the sides of a triangle. How can you construct the original triangle?

Age 14 to 16

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### Chain of Changes

Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?

Age 5 to 7

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### Colouring Triangles

Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make symmetrical patterns?

Age 5 to 7

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### Four Triangles Puzzle

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

Age 5 to 11

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### Let's Investigate Triangles

Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?

Age 5 to 7

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### Bracelets

Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?

Age 7 to 11

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### Trice

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?

Age 11 to 14

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### Isosceles

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.

Age 11 to 14

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### Kissing Triangles

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

Age 11 to 14

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### Three Way Split

Take any point P inside an equilateral triangle. Draw PA, PB and PC from P perpendicular to the sides of the triangle where A, B and C are points on the sides. Prove that PA + PB + PC is a constant.

Age 14 to 16

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### Fitting In

The largest square which fits into a circle is ABCD and EFGH is a square with G and H on the line CD and E and F on the circumference of the circle. Show that AB = 5EF. Similarly the largest equilateral triangle which fits into a circle is LMN and PQR is an equilateral triangle with P and Q on the line LM and R on the circumference of the circle. Show that LM = 3PQ

Age 14 to 16

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### Area I'n It

Triangle ABC has altitudes h1, h2 and h3. The radius of the inscribed circle is r, while the radii of the escribed circles are r1, r2 and r3 respectively. Prove: 1/r = 1/h1 + 1/h2 + 1/h3 = 1/r1 + 1/r2 + 1/r3 .

Age 16 to 18

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### Part the Polygons

Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups - each group must contain one of each shape.

Age 7 to 11

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### Three Fingers and a Loop of String

Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.

Age 5 to 7

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### Seven Sticks

Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.

Age 5 to 7

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### Cut and Make

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?

Age 7 to 11

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### Tessellating Triangles

Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?

Age 7 to 11

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### Cutting Corners

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Age 7 to 11

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