Schools Mathematics Grand Challenge
This week's puzzles have geometry as a theme. Sometimes to solve
a geometry problem it helps to look at it from a different angle
(literally!) or to draw an extra line. Some facts that you may find
- Remember that the area of a triangle is half the length of the base
times the height measured perpendicular to the base.
- The three angles at the corners of a triangle always add up to 180
- An isosceles triangle has two sides the same length. The two angles
opposite those two sides will also be the same.
John has been given a field in the shape of a triangle. Two sides
of the triangle are exactly 10 metres long. What is the largest
possible area, in square metres, of John's triangular field? Give
your answer as the number of square metres. There is no need to
Have a look at the following picture. The circle is area 438 units
and has centre C. The line from A to E goes through the centre and
the line from D to B goes through the centre. The angle between
CA and AB is 60 degrees.
If the area of the zig-zaggy triangle CDF is 30 units, what is the
area of the bricked piece of the picture? Again, there is no need
to give units.
In the triangle in the diagram below, the length of the side AB is
the same as the length of the side AC. The point N divides the line
from B to C into two equal parts. Also, the line BM divides the
angle ABC into two equal parts, and the line from B to M is two
times as long as the line from A to N.
What is the size, in degrees, of the angle BAC (the largest angle)
in the triangle?