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Maths

Symmetry

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Rotation symmetry

A tracing of this shape fits the shape exactly in 4 different ways.

The number of different ways in which the tracing fits is the order of rotation symmetry. This shape has rotation symmetry of order 4.

Remember:

If a shape will only fit itself in one way, it has no rotation symmetry. Because it fits in only one way, it has rotation symmetry of order 1!

For each shape below, decide whether it has rotation symmetry, decide on the order, and where the centre is. Then check to see if you were right.

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