Rotation turns a shape around a fixed point called the centre of rotation. Three pieces of information are needed to rotate a shape:
1) the centre of rotation
2) the angle of rotation
3) the direction of rotation
The triangle PQR has been rotated 90° anticlockwise about the origin O to create the image P’Q’R’.
Rotate the triangle PQR 90° anticlockwise about the origin.
Tracing paper can be used to rotate a shape.
Answer: Trace the shape and the centre of rotation. Hold down the tracing paper with a pencil on the centre of rotation. Rotate the tracing paper and copy the image.
Describe the transformation of the rectangle ABCD.
Answer: Each corner of the image A’B’C’D’ is the same distance from the origin as the original shape. The origin is the centre of rotation.
The rectangle ABCD has been rotated 180° about the origin (the direction is not required because it is a half turn).
Different centres of rotation
The centre of rotation may not be at the origin.
Rotate the rectangle ABCD 90° clockwise about the point (0,-1).
Each corner of the image A’B’C’D’ is the same distance from the centre of rotation as the original shape.