KS3 Maths Quiz
Can you name all the shapes?

Level 3-4 Shapes - Names of Shapes

As you've no doubt realised, shapes come in many shapes and sizes. There are 2D and 3D shapes, regular and irregular shapes, 3-sided, 4-sided and many more besides. For KS3 Maths, you will be expected to be able to recognise and know the names of some shapes. This quiz will help you do just that.

Squares and pentagons, kites and parallelograms, cubes and pyramids are all names of shapes. Shapes with equal angles at teach of their corners, like squares or pentagons, are called regular shapes. But what do we call a shape with different angles, like a kite, a rhombus or a parallelogram? We call it an irregular shape. Cubes and pyramids are 3D shapes. There are many different shapes, all named for the properties they have.

This quiz will help you understand the names and definitions of some of the various two and three dimensional shapes that you will come across. Take your time and read each question carefully before choosing your answers. Good luck!

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1. A square, a rectangle, a parallelogram, a rhombus, a kite and a trapezium are all examples of what?
A quadrilateral is a polygon with four corners or vertices and four sides or edges. A quadrilateral is sometimes known as a tetragon for consistency with pentagon (5-sided), hexagon (6-sided) and so on
2. The flat surface of a solid is referred to as what?
A cube has six faces
3. How many faces does a square-based pyramid have?
A pyramid has 4 triangular faces and 1 square face
4. Which of the following is one-dimensional?
A straight line only has length
5. If two lines are 'perpendicular', they are .......
They meet at 90 degrees
6. A two-dimensional shape has something that a one-dimensional straight line does not have. What is it?
To work out the area you limes length x width. A one-dimensional straight line has no width and so no area
7. A two-dimensional shape with straight sides is called a what?
The word comes from the Greek words for 'many' and 'angles' (but today we think more in terms of 'many' and 'sides')
8. What is defined as 'a polygon with three corners or vertices and three sides or edges'?
A 3-sided shape is of course a triangle
9. Three-dimensional solids have something that two-dimensional shapes do not. What is it?
It is found in cubes, spheres, cylinders and pyramids for example
10. 'Reflective or line', 'rotational' and 'plane' are all types of what?
Rotational symmetry means a 2-D shape can be rotated and still look the same, like a square

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