







A circle with a circular hole 
20190311 

From Sue: My little one is wondering if a circle with a circular hole could be described as an irregular semicircle.
As it has 2 sides but is not the standard shape. Could you share your thoughts ?? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A stained glass cone lamp 
20160409 

From Edwin: In making a 16" dia. cone lamp (stained glass), how many square feet of glass do I need. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A triangular shaped garden 
20160113 

From Demetrie: Dwayne's garden is triangleshaped with two equal sides and a third side that is 4 ft more than the length of an equal side. If the perimeter is 49 ft, how long is the longest side? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a triangular plot of land 
20160111 

From Janelle: I need to fence off 6.5 acres. The plot is triangular shape. How many feet would I be fencing off? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The angles of a triangle 
20151217 

From Faith: Does the measure of angle determine the length of its side? For example two angles are congruent then the sides are also congruent because from my understanding the angle determine the shape of triangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular shaped property 
20140117 

From Donna: If I I have property that is rectangle shaped. I I know the ends are 100 feet how many feet would the sides be to make 5.4 acres Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a triangular shaped aquarium 
20110507 

From Jeff: HI, I searched the site but really couldn't find my answer,
at least that I could understand! I have a triangular shaped aquarium
( think of a cube, except its an equal triangle shape). all 3 sides are 48 inches,
and it is 34" tall. Can you please tell me what the volume is in gallons?
Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 





6 faces and 8 corners 
20110304 

From noemi: jeff made a figure with 6 faces the figure has 8 corners all of the faces are the same size and shape what figure did jeff make Answered by Penny Nom. 





The outside surface area of a U shaped tube 
20100603 

From Adolfo: What is the formula for calculating the outside surface area of a U shaped tube? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Bending a wire to form shapes 
20100204 

From Geraldine: a wire bent into the shape of a square encloses an area of 25cm squared. then the same wire is cut and bent into two identical circles. what is the radius of one of the circles round to the nearest hundred Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cutting a square into four shapes 
20100105 

From Tracy: A square with a side of 4 ft needs to be cut into four shapes with the same area. can you find six different was to cut the square? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The graph of y = 4x^4 
20090407 

From lyric: tell whether the graph opens up or down.write an equation of the axis of symmetry
y=4x^4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A shape with 10 sides 
20090303 

From Sandra: One of my son's math questions is as follows:
Suppose I have a shape with 10 sides. I choose a vertex then draw lines to the other vertices that dont share sides with the first vertex. How many vertices will that be and why? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Making shapes with straws 
20090206 

From Melissa: suppose you have 60 straws. How many of each shape could you make
a) Triangles
b) squares
c) pentagons
d) hexagons Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Shapes 
20090129 

From Rana: I want to know about Circumference / Area / Volume of different shapes ie Circle , Oval , An Arc Trapezide etc Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





Surface area of an irregular shape 
20081215 

From Patrick: An irregular shaped object (lets say a gold nugget, not smooth with
pockets) can have its volume determined by comparing its mass in
water.
Is there any method or means or anything that could be used to
determine the surface area of this shape? Whether that be theoretical
mathematical formula to using a special infrared technique,etc...
The problem I foresee is that the component parts cannot be divided
into smaller geometric shapes. I would propose an answer although I
don't know if it is a good one: A liquid material that dries superthin, but
has a very specific and easily determined volume/mass is coated over
the object. Measure the mass difference between the beginning sample
of fluid and the mass after the object has been coated. Then determine
the surface area of the same mass of fluid in a geometric shape.
Is this feasible? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





How do i find the area of an irregular figure? 
20080610 

From DAVE: How do i find the area of an irregular figure? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Geometric shapes that are the same 
20080609 

From tia: what is the name used for shapes that are exactly the same? Answered by Harley Weston. 





What shape(3D) has 5 vertices,8 edges,and 5 faces? 
20080425 

From stacy: what shape(3D) has 5 vertices,8 edges,and 5 faces? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Naming a figure 
20080424 

From P.: What is the name of a figure that has 2 sides that measure
25 feet each and 2 sides that measure 10 feet each? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A solid figure with 3 rectangular faces and 2 triangular faces 
20080417 

From Emily: I am in the 3rd grade and my teacher gave us a question. What is a
solid figure with 3 rectangular faces and 2 triangular faces? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A shape 
20080403 

From Joshua: what shape has 4 faces, 4 corners and 9 edges. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A three sided shape 
20080209 

From Tim: Question from Tim:
How would I calculate the area in square feet of a "triangle" with sides:
Base is 36 feet; height is 70 feet; and the thirs side is an arch (curve) of 77 feet. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A mystery shape 
20071126 

From Daniel: I am in year 3 and have been given some homework to do with my mum.
Question is: my shape has two circular faces and one curved face. It has two edges and no vertices. Can you help me identify the shape please. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Grade 5 shapes and measurements 
20070923 

From Marina: I'm helping my grade 5 son in this assignment but I don't know how. There are 2 question I would like you to help me:
1.How can the shapes used to form a larger similar figure using 4 shapes: ( a 3 by 3square is drawn in a 6 by 6 dot figure,drawing attached)
2.You are planning to build a birdhouse measurement is attached,. You are going to cut the pieces from a board that is 12 inches wide. How long should the board be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is there a way I can calculate correct square footage for odd shapes? 
20070831 

From Tom: I manage a golf course, and we are about to over seed the course for the upcoming winter months. We will be over seeding all greens, fairways, and tee boxes. Noone of the area that we will be placing seed on is a regular shape. The closest shapes they would be is a circle, rectangle or square, but most of them are all odd CURVED shapes. I know what the equation is for Square ft., and I know how many Square ft. are in an acre, but I need to be precise with the amount of seed I order. Is there a way I can calculate correct square footage for odd shapes. Answered by Harley Weston. 





What is the name of the shape that is 3D and irregular? 
20070614 

From alan: What is the name of the shape that is 3D and irregular? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





More on quadrilateral shape names 
20070526 

From Don: If North Americans call a quadrilateral with no parallel sides a trapezium, is a kite merely a special type of trapezium? Can a rhombus be a kite? Answered by Walter Whiteley and Penny Nom. 





The area of an Lshaped polygon 
20070223 

From Louanne: How do I find the surface area of a L shaped polygon? Answered by Melanie Tyrer. 





a specific 3d shape 
20070212 

From Robby: What three dimensional shape has 6 vertices, 5 faces, and two congruent triangular bases? I can't find the answer to this question anywhere. Your help will be appreciated. Thanks, Robby Craig Answered by Pam Fowler, Gabe Potter and Walter Whiteley. 





The name of a shape 
20061111 

From Valentina: I have a shape of 4 sides 3 are the same length (2cm each) and the other smaller (1.5cm) Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Is a circle a regular shape? 
20061010 

From David: Is a circle a regular shape or an irregular shape? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The shape of an egg 
20060319 

From Vinson & Julie: What is the proper mathematical term for the geometric solid that is represented by an egg? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





What names are known for the quarter circle shape? 
20060306 

From Christina: What names are known for the quarter circle shape? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





What shape do I say a football is? 
20051114 

From Peter: I am a 43 year old man. I am no longer in school, I have a bachelors degree. I like to tell stories about sports in ways to make people think about the amount of time they devote to the sports. For example, while attending a church in Chicago on the north side, I would pass by Wrigley field.
I began to call it the church of the flying orb or sphere. Now if I want to tell a similar story about football (not soccer), what shape do I say a football is? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Shapes 
20051112 

From Tonya and Hailey: MY THIRD GRADERS TEACHER HAS SENT HOME HOMEWORK ASKING FOR THEM TO FIND REALWORLD OBJECT IN MANY DIFFERENTS SHAPES A FEW HAVE US STUMPED Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 3dimensional pie shape 
20050917 

From Bill: Your site appeared in my search for the name of a 3dimensional pie shape. 2d would be a sector of a circle. As it it curved, I don't believe it is in a the polyhedra family. Can you help me find the mathematical term for it? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A fifteen sided polygon 
20040305 

From Joann: WHAT IS THE NAME OF A FIFTEEN SIDED SHAPE? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Nonconvex shapes 
20040218 

From Merrill: Draw 4, 6 and 8 sided shapes so that ONE straight line can be drawn through each side Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





A pyramidshaped tank 
20040213 

From Annette: The base of a pyramidshaped tank is a square with sides of length 9 feet, and the vertex of the pyramid is 12 feet above the base. The tank is filled to a depth of 4 feet, and water is flowing into the tank at a rate of 3 cubic feet per second. Find the rate of change of the depth of water in the tank. (Hint: the volume of a pyramid is V = 1/3 B h , where B is the base area and h is the height of the pyramid.) Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of an odd shaped piece of property 
20030724 

From Barry: What is the formula for figuring the square footage of an odd shaped piece of property? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some shapes 
20030429 

From Suzanne:
 What shape has 12 edges all the same length?
 What shape has 3 surfaces and 1 is curved?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





An egg shaped island 
20010922 

From Karen: I am a civil engineering designer trying to design an egg shaped island. I want a 30' radius at the top and a 40' radius at the bottom and the longest length of the egg to be 125'. Is there standard geometry for an egg shape? I am not held to exact radii or the length given. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Shape names 
20010226 

From Paul: I have been asked to give names of shapes from A to Z . I can only find 14 shapes can you help..... I'm missing letters b, g, j, l, m, n, u, v, w, x, y, z. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Shape, symmetry, measurement and space 
20010224 

From Marilyn: I have to write in detail about how young children learn about shape, symmetry, measurement and space. It is not activities I need it is how the children learn. How/why their brain takes it all in Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





What is my name? 
20010223 

From Julia: My perimeter is 12 cm. My sides are all equal. The sum of half my sides is equal to 6 cm. How many sides do I have? What is my name? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A valentines project 
20000221 

From Courtney Dohoney: I was assigned a valentines project. Our job is to make a valentines card that has a math theme. On my valentines card I would like to include the set of equations that when graphed look like a heart. If you can figure out a set of equations and get it back to me I would be very happy. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Cutting a carpet 
19991215 

From Heather: A rectanglular piece of carpeting is 90 inches long and 90 inches wide. How can the carpet be cut into two pieces of equal sides and shape to cover an area of 100inches? There can only be one cut and no scraps. Please show me how. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Regular and irregular shapes 
19991003 

From Samuel Tighe: What is the difference between a regular shape and an irregular shape? Are a rectangle and a triangle regular or irregular shapes? Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Shapepreserving transformations 
19990504 

From J McAndrew: A shape preserves its shape if a rotation, translation or scaling is performed on it. Are these the only continuous transformations which have this property? These transformations if performed on the parts and then summed have the same effect as the transformation being applied to the whole; are these linear transformations? Who, and what area of mathematics has classified all transformations of this type completely? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Parabolic shapes 
19990504 

From Justin Ailor: Can you give me some parabolic shapes? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Area of an irregular shaped objects. 
19990407 

From Jesse Townsend: How do I find the surface area of an irregulary shaped object such as someone's knee from the thigh to shin? Thanks. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 

