Translating Shapes

Translating Shapes

Translation is the effect of sliding a shape along a straight line.    In short, remember that it means to slide.  In Math, we usually refer to an object or shape translating to a new space.  Using the grid paper below we can see that the triangle ABC has been translated.

Class example

This triangle has been translated.

If you look at the triangle ABC, we can see that it has slid or been translated to a new position.  If you look at the individual points, we can describe its movement.  Point A moved from (4,1) to (9,8).  We can describe this translation using the rule  (R 5, U 7).  It moved to the right five spaces (R5) and upwards seven (U7).

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