KS3 Maths Quiz
Level 3-4 Shapes - Getting Started
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Level 3-4 Shapes - Getting Started

The part of the KS3 Maths syllabus that is commonly called 'Shapes' also deals with measurements. This quiz introduces you to some of the words you will need for this section. It will help in getting you started in the world of shapes.

Shapes can be 2 or 3 dimensional. Rectangles and squares are 2D shapes. We call them polygons and, because their angles are the same at each corner, we call them regular polygons. Cuboids, pyramids and cubes are 3D shapes, or polyhedrons. There are many words used to describe polygons and polyhedrons, such as angles, area, faces, radius and circumference. But what do these words mean? You will have learned about them in your classes; now test how much you have remembered.

Read each of the following questions carefully. Make sure that you understand them before choosing your answers. Good luck!

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  1. Which of the following might you find on a 'timetable'?
    Timetables list events (such as train arrivals or school lessons) together with the time they will happen
  2. What word is commonly used for mass?
    'Mass' and 'weight' are often used interchangeably in maths questions
  3. Why would you never talk about the capacity of a square?
    2-dimensional (sometimes written as 2-D) objects are flat and therefore they don't have a capacity
  4. What is the meaning of the word 'capacity'?
    The capacity of a drinking glass is the amount of water it can hold when it is absolutely full
  5. Two lines are ....... if they're at right angles to each other.
    The walls of a house are perpendicular to its floor
  6. Two lines that cross each other are said to what?
    Americans call crossroads intersections. That's because at a crossroads two roads cross each other and so intersect
  7. The surface enclosed within a 2-dimensional shape such as a square or a circle is called its what?
    To calculate the area of a rectangle, multiply its length by its width
  8. Two lines that are equidistant and not intersecting are known as what type of lines?
    Parallel lines never 'converge'
  9. Which of these cannot be measured against a continuous scale?
    People are counted in whole numbers only. You can't have fractions of people
  10. The 'perimeter' is the distance around the outside of a 2-D object. What might this be called in the case of a circle?
    The formula to calculate the circumference of a circle is π radius2

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