A rotation is a transformation in which the object is rotated about a fixed point. The direction of rotation can be clockwise or anticlockwise.
The fixed point in which the rotation takes place is called the center of rotation. The amount of rotation made is called the angle of rotation.
For any rotation, we need to specify the center, the angle and
the direction of rotation.
Given the center of rotation and the angle of rotation we can determine the rotated image of an object.
Determine the image of the straight line XY under an anticlockwise rotation of 90˚ about O.
Step 1: Join point X to O.
Step 2: Using a protractor, draw a line 90˚ anticlockwise from the line OX. Mark on the line the point X such that the line of OX = OX
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for point Y. Join the points X and Y to form the line XY.
Given an object, its image and the center of rotation, we can find the angle of rotation using the following steps.
Step 1 : Choose any point in the given figure and join the chosen point to the center of rotation.
Step 2 : Find the image of the chosen point and join it to the center of rotation.
Step 3: Measure the angle between the two lines. The sign of the angle depends on the direction of rotation. Anti-clockwise rotation is positive and clockwise rotation is negative.
Figure ABC is the image of figure ABC. O is the center of rotation. Find the angle of rotation.
Step 1: Join A to O
Step 2: Join A to O.
Step 3: Measure the angle AOA
The angle of rotation is 62˚ anticlockwise or +62˚
We will now look at how points and shapes are rotated on the coordinate plane. It will be helpful to note the patterns of the coordinates when the points are rotated about the origin at different angles.
A rotation is an isometric transformation: the original figure and the image are congruent. The orientation of the image also stays the same, unlike reflections. To perform a geometry rotation, we first need to know the point of rotation, the angle of rotation, and a direction (either clockwise or counterclockwise). A rotation is also the same as a composition of reflections over intersecting lines.
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