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Introduction to transformations



If you put a piece of paper on a table and place your pen in the middle of it, you can rotate the paper whilst keeping the pen in a fixed position.

In doing this you are rotating the paper about its centre.

Rotating from centre

shows a rectangle which is longer than it is tall. A marks the top left, B top right, C bottom left and D bottom right. O marks the centre of rotation

Static sheet of paper with no rotation

A full rotation (360°) of the paper will result in the paper being back in its original position.

In both the above examples the centre of rotation was the centre of the rectangle, but what happens when the centre of rotation is outside the rectangle?

Rotating from a centre outside the shape

A rectangle with a point of rotation outside of the shape.

A rectangle with a point of rotation outside of the shape.


Introduction to transformations activity

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