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Transformations at the Beach . By Daniella Kay, Lucy Almberg, Greg Lubin, and James Kim . Table Of Contents . Reflections- Slide 3 Dilations- Slide 13 Translations- Slide 19 Tessellations- Slide 24 Rotations- Slide 26. Reflections .

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transformations at the beach

Transformations at the Beach

By Daniella Kay, Lucy Almberg, Greg Lubin, and James Kim

table of contents
Table Of Contents
  • Reflections- Slide 3
  • Dilations- Slide 13
  • Translations- Slide 19
  • Tessellations- Slide 24
  • Rotations- Slide 26

a transformation which uses a line that acts as a mirror to reflect an image in that line.

reflections at the beach
Reflections at the Beach
  • When building a sand castle, you reflect the pail onto the sand.
  • When you are riding in a boat, you can see the reflection of the boat in the water
key vocabulary
Key Vocabulary
  • Line of Reflection- the line which acts like a mirror in a reflection
  • Line of Symmetry- a line in a figure where the figure can be mapped onto itself by a reflection in the line
determining lines of symmetry
Determining Lines of Symmetry
  • All regular polygons have the same number of lines of symmetry as they do sides
lines of symmetry at the beach
Lines of Symmetry at the Beach

Beach towels are Sunglasses

rectangles and have 1 line of

have 2 lines of symmetry symmetry

reflecting a preimage over a line
Reflecting a Preimage over a Line
  • Reflections are an isometry so the size of the preimage stays the same when reflected
  • Each point of the image will be the same distance from the line of reflection as the preimage, just on the opposite


rules for reflecting over specific lines


B(4, 4)

Rules for Reflecting Over Specific Lines
  • Rx-axis (x,y) → (x, -y)
  • Ry-axis (x,y) → (-x,y)
  • Ry=x (x,y) → (y,x)
  • Ry= -x (x,y) → (-y, -x)


C(4, 1)






finding equations for lines of reflection
Finding Equations for Lines of Reflection
  • Find the midpoints between the points of the image and preimage
  • Use this two points and the slope formula to find the slope of the line of reflection
  • Plug the slope into the equation y=mx+b with one of the points to solve for b, which is the y-intercept of the line of reflection
finding minimum distance
Finding Minimum Distance
  • Find point C on the x-axis so AC+BC is a minimum distance
  • To find point C, reflect either point A or B over the x-axis
  • Draw a line from the new point (A’ or B’) to the point that was not reflected
  • The point where the line intersects the x-axis is Point C.
let s try it
Let’s Try It!

Johnny owns a surf shop on an island with two beaches. He wants his surf shop to be an equal distance from each beach. Use minimum distance to help Johnny decide where on the road (line m) he should put his shop.





A dilation with the center C and scale factor K is a transformation that maps every point P in the plane to a point P’ so that the following properties are true.

1. If P is not the center point C, then the image P’ lies on CP. The scale factor k is a positive number such that k=

and k =1

2. If P is the center point C, then P = P’



  • A dilation is not an isometry, the distance is not preserved.
  • Dilations are the same shape but not the same size
  • All sides must increase by the same scale factor

Key words-

  • reduction- when the scale factor is less than 1 but greater than 0, the dilation is a reduction
  • enlargement- when the scale factor is greater than 1, the dilation is a enlargement
is this a dilation
Is this a dilation?

4 ft

3 ft

7 ft

12 ft

answer- no



Translation - A transformation that maps every two points so that the preimage and image of the segment made by connecting them for both points are parallel, collinear and congruent

Initial point- the starting point of the the vector of a translation

Terminal point- the ending point of a vector at the image

Component form - A form of a vector that combines the horizontal and vertical components

vectors and coordinate notation
Vectors and Coordinate Notation

A vector can be used to describe a translation by mapping out the distance of points from the starting point to the terminal point with horizontal and vertical distance.

So if point A was (1,4) and the image of point A was (3,6) the vector form of the translation would be <2,2> because the point moved two units to the right on the x-axis and 2 units up on the y-axis.

Coordinate notation is another way of describing a translation. For example, if we use point A (1,4) and point A’ (3,6), the way to describe that translation with coordinate notation would be (x + 2, y+2).


Matrices are a different way to describe transformations, points, and shapes in a coordinate plane.

For point A (4,5), in matrix form it would be [ 4 ] for describing a translation [ 2 ]. 5


The matrix for the translation means two units right and two units up. To figure out the image of the translation you would add them.

So [ 4 ] + [ 2 ] would be [ 6 ]

5 2 7

how to see if a transformation is a translation
How to See if a Transformation is a Translation

All translations are isometries, that means that the preimage and the image of the polygon, or segment that is translated will be congruent.

Not a Translation

Is a Translation

The segments that are made when connecting the preimage to the image for the points in a translation are always parallel and congruent to each other.

real world applications
Real World Applications

In the real world, vectors and coordinate notation are used to describe movement with coordinates.

For example:

The boat at the shore was at 39 degrees and 55 minutes North and 74 degrees and 4 minutes West (-74.07, 39.92) and the boat at the ocean was at

39 degrees and 53 minutes North and 74 and 3 minutes West (-74.05, 39.88)

Can you write in vector form and coordinate notation the translation?



Frieze pattern (or border pattern) - a pattern that extends to the left and right in a way so that a pattern can be mapped onto itself with horizontal translation.

Types of Frieze patterns:

T: Translation

TR: Translation and 180 degree rotation

TG Translation and horizontal glide reflection

TV: Translation and vertical line reflection

TRVG: Translation, 180 degree rotation, vertical line reflection and horizontal glide reflection

TRHVG: Translation, 180 degree rotation, horizontal glide reflection, vertical line reflection

frieze patterns
Frieze Patterns

A frieze pattern with horizontal translation:

A frieze pattern with horizontal translation and 180 degree rotation:


A rotation is a transformation in which a figure is turned about a fixed point

rotations at the beach
Rotations at the Beach
  • When you put an umbrella up by turning it in the sand, the top piece of the umbrella rotates.
  • When you are swimming in the ocean and do a flip, you are rotating 360°.

Key Vocabulary:

  • Center of rotation- the fixed point around which the preimage rotates
  • Angle of rotation- Rays drawn from the center of rotation to a point and its image from the angle at which the figure rotated
  • Rotational Symmetry- when a figure can be mapped onto itself by a clockwise rotation of 180º or less
  • Theorem 7.2- A rotation is an isometry
determining if a figure has rotational symmetry
Determining if a figure has rotational symmetry
  • All regular figures have rotational symmetry
  • If a figure is not regular, it could still have rotational symmetry. In order to find out if it has rotational symmetry, find the number of lines of symmetry in that figure and determine if you would be able to rotate it less than 360º so that the image is the same as the preimage.
determining the angle of rotation
Determining the Angle of Rotation
  • For a regular figure, divide 360 by the number of sides the figure has.
  • For an irregular figure, you can divide 360 by the number of lines of symmetry it has.

The starfish has 5 sides


The angle of rotation of the starfish is 72º.

drawing a rotation image using a protractor
Drawing a rotation image using a protractor

Rotate ABC 140° counter clockwise about point K.

  • Draw a segment from vertex A to

point K.

2. Measure a 140° angle using KA as one side and mark it.

3. Measure the length of KA.

4. Draw a segment the same length as KA, going from point K towards the 140° mark and make that point A’.

5. Erase all the lines you drew but keep point A’.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 for vertices B and C and then draw






using a protractor cont d
Using a Protractor Cont’d









rotating a figure 90 180 and 270
Rotating a Figure 90º,180º,and 270º

Just use these equations to rotate the figure:

Clockwise: Counter Clockwise:

R90- (x,y) = (y, -x) R90- (x,y) = (-y, x)

R180- (x,y) = (-x, -y) R180- (x,y) = (-x, -y)

R270- (x,y) = (-y, x) R270- (x,y) = (y,-x)

find the new coordinates
Find the new Coordinates!

Rotate the figure 180º clockwise.

Coordinates of Coordinates of

the Preimage: the Image:

A (5,3)

B (2,3)

C ( 5,-1)

D (2, -1)

A’ (-5,-3)

B’ (-2,-3)

C’ (-5,1)

D’ (-2,1)

finding the angle of rotation when a preimage is reflected over two lines
Finding the Angle of Rotation when a preimage is reflected over two lines
  • If lines k and m intersect at point P, then a reflection in k followed by a reflection in m is a rotation about point P.
  • The angle of rotation is 2x°, where x° is the measure of the acute or right angle formed by k and m.
lets try it
Lets try it!

What is the angle of rotation?





Final Image


















bibliography continued
Bibliography Continued

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"Ocean Shell." N.p., n.d. Web. 6 May 2014.


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