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Rotational symmetry

A rectangle can be rotated about its centre by half a turn. The result looks exactly like the original rectangle. We call this rotational symmetry.

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A tracing of this star fits the star in exactly five different ways.

We say that the star has rotational symmetry of order 5.

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If a shape only fits into itself once, it has no rotational symmetry.

Look at these shapes. How many orders of rotational symmetry do they have?

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