Transformational Geometry

Heather Bridges

&

Leanne May

**Day 1:
Goal**: For the students to recognize the terms and understand the properties
of basic mappings.

Open discussion and lecture material:

We are going to look at the effects on figures when they are moved around in a plane. These motions are described mathematically as coorespondences between sets of points called mappings. A correspondance between sets P and Q is a mapping of P to Q if and only if each member of P corresponds to one and only one member of Q.

Mappings are usually expressed in the form F : P -> Q which represents
a mapping from set P to set Q. In the case above, E is called the image
of A under mapping F and A is called the preimage of E. The above mapping
is also termed one-to-one because every image in Q has exactly one preimage
in P. A mapping is a transformation if and only if it is a one-to-one mapping
of the plane onto itself. So transformations are the correspondence of points
in a plane. They are usually defined as mappings of the entire plane to
itself but we are going to focus on mappings of geometric figures because
it is more interesting. The points in a plane are referred to as ordered
pairs (x,y). When we are working with mappings of geometric figures it is
important that our transformations preserve the distance between points
in a plane. These types of transformations are called isometries or a congruence
mapping. There are also so mappings that increase or decrease the distance
between points in proportion to the original figure.

The students will then be asked to do several examples and problems in the
book to practice working with mapping.

Open discussion and lecture: When you look in mirrors and in pools you see your reflection. An object and its reflected image can be described mathematically using a geometric transformation called a

Then we will give the students the definition of reflection. Definition:
A transformation is a **reflection** in line *l* if and only if
the following conditions are satisfied:

a. if A is a point of

l, then the image of A is A;

b. if A is not onl, then the image of A is A' , such thatlis a perpendicular bisector of the segment AA'.

Geometric figures can be reflected in a line by reflecting each point
or enough points to determine the figure. Observe that reflection in a line
preserves betweeness of points, collinearity, angles, angle measure, and
segment length. This theorem, a reflection in a line is an isometry, verifies
that reflection preserves distance between points.

Then we will go over several examples of reflections.

We will also show them an example on GSP of a reflection.

For homework the students will do problems from the book to turn in the
following day.

Goal

Class discussion and lecture material:

Can anyone give me some examples of rotations?

A transformation is a

i. If P is different from C, then CP = CP ' and m<PCP ' = a.

ii. C is a fixed point.

If (a) is a positive angle measure, the rotation is counterclockwise.
If (a) is negative, the rotation is clockwise.

Theorem : A rotation is an isometry. Other than the distance between points,
rotations do a lot more. They preserve betweeness, collinearity, angles
and their measures, segments, rays, and lines.

The following is an example of a rotation of a geometric figure.

We will do several examples with the class and show them the following
example in GSP of a rotation.

The students will then have homework that reinforces their understanding
of rotations.

Goal

Open discussion and lecture: The students will construct examples of rotations and reflections on GSP. We will give a brief explanation of how to rotate and reflect on GSP. Although we expect the students to be very familiar with GSP. They will be responsible to make their own figures and if time permits display them for the class and explain what they did and what is happening in their picture.

Goal

Open discussion and lecture: First we will apply translations to real life applications. Sliding down a sliding board or gliding on ice illustrates real life translations. Then we will see if the students can discover other real life applications that illustrate translations.

For our first example: If a triangle ABC glides along the path indicated by the arrow, the triangle DEF will coincide with triangle D'E'F''. This motion describes a transformation of the plane called a

Now give the definition: If A and B are points, and A' and B' are their images under a transformation T, then T is a translation if and only if:

a. AA' = BB'

b. segment AA' || segment BB'

c. segment AB || segment A'B'

Then we will see if the students can determine what these conditions
verify. They should determine that condition (a) verifies that all points
of the plane are glided the *same distance *under a translation. Conditions
(b) and (c) guarantee that points are glided in the *same direction*
. They should also notice that under these conditions that AA'BB' is a parallelogram.

Hence AB = A'B'. Thus a *translation is an isometry.* Now we will
look at some examples of translations using the coordinate plane.

We will also show the students an example on GSP of **translations.**

For homework the students will do a worksheet containing all the material
we have already taught.

Goal

Class discussion and lecture material:

Some transformations project the images in proportion to the original figure. These transformations that result in size changes are called dilations. A dilation has a center and a nonzero scale factor.

A transformation is a

i. If k > 0, P ' is on the ray OP and OP ' = k * OP.

ii. If k < O, P ' is on the ray opposite the ray OP and OP ' = |k| * OP.

iii. O is a fixed point.

If |k| > 1, the dilation is an expansion of the original figure. If
|k| < 1 the dilation is a contraction.

The dilation maps every line segment to a parallel line segment that is
|k| times as long.

We will show the students the following example of the dilation of a geometric
figure.

There is also a clever diplay using GSP that could help the students
to better understand the concept of **dilations**.
The students will then be given a homework assignment.

Goal

Open discussion and lecture: The students will construct examples of translations and dialations on GSP. We will give a brief explanation of how to translate and dialate on GSP. The students have already worked with rotating and reflecting objects on GSP so they should be familiar with the basics of working with these applications. They will be responsible to make their own figures and if time permits display them for the class and explain what they did and what is happening in their picture.

Goal

Open discussion and lecture: The students will be given a small lecture on tessellations. We will show the students how the ridiged motions we have been teaching tie in with tessellations. The program Tesselmania allows the students to be creative and come up with their own patterns of tessellations. We will let the students work on the program the remainder of the period and see what creations they can produce like the following:

Goal

Class discussion and lecture material:

Explanation will be given on how transformations can be carried out in succession. For instance we can the same figure about two different lines.

We will give explanation of the following theorems :

The students will be given classwork to practice with the compositions of mapping.

We will also give a homework sheet to review for the test tomorrow.

Goal: For the students to display their knowledge over the material we have taught them.

We will give the students a test over Transformational Geometry. They will not only have to recall the definitions, work general problems, but will be responsible to create these different types of ridiged motions on GSP. Therefore the students need to be familiar with the program.

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