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Transformations

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Transformations. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

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Transformations Starters:

Dice Reflections: A dice is reflected in two mirrors. What numbers can be seen?

Mirror Maths: The bottom half of some symmetrical calculations are shown above. Can you work out the answers?

Reflective Cat: On squared paper copy the drawing of the face then reflect it in three different lines.

Rotational Symmetry: Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry of order 6 but no line symmetry.

Wrapping Paper: Find the order of rotational symmetry of the repeating pattern.

 

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Notes:

A transformation in mathematics is an operation performed on a shape (or points) which changes the view of that shape (or points). This topic includes four transformations namely reflection, translation, rotations and enlargement.

A reflection can best be described as the mirror image of a shape in a given line (which acts as the mirror). After reflection the shape remains the same size but the orientation is the mirror image of the original.

The transformation known as a translation can be thought of as a movement or shift in position. The size and orientation of the shape remains the same but the position on the plane changes.

A rotation can be described as turning. This transformation is defined by the angle of turning and the centre of rotation (the point which does not move during the turning).

Finally enlargement is the term we use when a shape increases in size but maintains the same shape. The shape after enlargement is defines as being similar to the shape before enlargement. His use of the word similar has a precise mathematical meaning. All of the angles in the enlarged shape are the same as the angles in the original shape and the lengths of the sides are in the same proportion. An enlargement is defines by the scale factor of the enlargement and the centre of enlargement. We use the term enlargement even if the shape becomes smaller (a scale factor between minus one and one). A negative scale factor will produce an enlarged mirror image of the original shape.

Transformations Activities:

Rotational Symmetry Pairs: The traditional pairs or pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of rotational symmetry.

Transformations: Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Transformations.

Transformations Investigations:

Tessellations: Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.

Transformations Videos:

Enlargement by a scale factor: A Maths teacher goes through the idea of enlarging a shape from a centre of enlargement.

Transformations Song: The four basic transformations have been put to music!

Transformations Worksheets/Printables:

Cat Face Reflections: A worksheet containing pictures and shapes to be reflected in given lines.

Mixed Transformations: A worksheet containing mixed transformations questions and a grid for drawing the solutions on.

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