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Similar Shapes

Questions about the scale factors of lengths, areas and volumes of similar shapes.

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This is level 4; Mixed questions. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct.

A photograph is 17cm long. It is enlarged by a scale factor of two. How long will the enlargement be?
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The statue of a cat is 245cm tall which is seven times bigger than the actual cat which was used as the model. How tall is the real cat?
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A rectangle has an area of 17cm2. A second rectangle is similar to the first but its dimensions are three times bigger. What is the area of the second rectangle?

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cm2 Correct Wrong
A box has a surface area of 486cm2. A second box is 2 times as wide,2 times as long and 2 times as tall. What is the surface area of the second box?
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cm2 Correct Wrong
The smaller box shown above has a volume of 729cm3. What is the volume of the second box given that its dimensions are twice the first box's?

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cm3 Correct Wrong
The volume of a large bottle of wine is 2700ml. A minature bottle is similar to the large bottle but its dimensions are three times smaller. What is the volume of the smaller bottle?

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ml Correct Wrong
The area of a piece of land is 53.76m2. The same piece of land is shown on a map by an area of 21cm2. How long would a footpath be if on the map it is 13cm long?

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m Correct Wrong
A real bus is eighteen times as long as a model which was used in the design process. All of the other dimensions are in proportion. The area of the glass in the windows of the model is 1m2. What is the area of the glass in the real bus?
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m2 Correct Wrong
The capacity of the fuel tank of the real bus mentioned above is 116640cc. What is the capacity of the fuel tank on the model?

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cc Correct Wrong
The model bus has five tyres (including the spare). How many tyres does the real bus have?

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tyres Correct Wrong
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Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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Level 1 - Lengths of similar shapes

Level 2 - Areas of similar shapes

Level 3 - Volumes of similar shapes

Level 4 - Mixed questions

Level 5 - Exam-style questions

Enlargements

If you enlarge the dimensions of a polygon by multiplying them by a number (scale factor), the area is increased by the square of that factor.

For example if the sides of a rectangle are enlarged by a factor of 6, the area of the rectangle increases by a factor of 62

If the length of the original rectangle was 5cm and the width was 2cm then after enlargement they would be 30cm and 12cm respectively.

The area of the original rectangle is 5cm x 2cm = 10cm2

The area of the enlarged rectangle is 30cm x 12cm = 360cm2

As you can see the area of the enlarged rectangle is 62 times larger than the area of the original rectangle.

The same can be shown for any polygon when enlarged.

Enlargement by a fractional scale factor is equivalent to the shape reducing in size.

 

If you enlarge the dimensions of a three dimensional shape by a scale factor, the volume is increased by the cube of that factor.

For example if the sides of a cuboid are enlarged by a factor of 6, the volume of the cuboid increases by a factor of 63

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