Illustrative Mathematics Grade 8, Unit 2, Lesson 4: Dilations on a Square Grid

Learning Targets:

  • I can apply dilations to figures on a rectangular grid.
  • If I know the angle measures and side lengths of a polygon, I know the angles measures and side lengths of the polygon if I apply a dilation with a certain scale factor.

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Lesson 4: Dilations on a Square Grid

Let’s dilate figures on a rectangular grid.

Illustrative Math Unit 8.2, Lesson 4 (printable worksheets)

Lesson 4 Summary

The following diagram shows how to apply a dilation with a certain scale factor on a rectangular grid.
Dilations with Grid

Lesson 4.1 Estimating a Scale Factor

Point C is the dilation of point B with center of dilation A and scale factor s. Estimate s. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

Lesson 4.2 Dilations on a Grid

  1. Find the dilation of quadrilateral ABCD with center P and scale factor 2.
  2. Find the dilation of triangle QRS with center T and scale factor 2.
  3. Find the dilation of triangle QRS with center T and scale factor 1/2.

Lesson 4.3 Card Sort: Matching Dilations on a Coordinate Grid

Your teacher will give you some cards. Each of Cards 1 through 6 shows a figure in the coordinate plane and describes a dilation.
Each of Cards A through E describes the image of the dilation for one of the numbered cards.
Match number cards with letter cards. One of the number cards will not have a match. For this card, you’ll need to draw an image.

Are you ready for more?

The image of a circle under dilation is a circle when the center of the dilation is the center of the circle. What happens if the center of dilation is a point on the circle? Using center of dilation (0,0) and scale factor 1.5, dilate the circle shown on the diagram. This diagram shows some points to try dilating.

Lesson 4 Practice Problems

  1. Triangle ABC is dilated using as the center of dilation with scale factor 2.
    The image is triangle A’B’C'. Clare says the two triangles are congruent, because their angle measures are the same. Do you agree? Explain how you know.
  2. On graph paper, sketch the image of quadrilateral PQRS under the following dilations:
  • The dilation centered at R with scale factor 2.
  • The dilation centered at O with scale factor 1/2.
  • The dilation centered at S with scale factor 1/2.
  1. The diagram shows three lines with some marked angle measures.
    Find the missing angle measures marked with question marks.
  2. Describe a sequence of translations, rotations, and reflections that takes Polygon P to Polygon Q.
  3. Point B has coordinates (-2,-5). After a translation 4 units down, a reflection across the y-axis, and a translation 6 units up, what are the coordinates of the image?

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