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# Rotations review

Review the basics of rotations, and then perform some rotations.

### What is a rotation?

A rotation is a type of transformation that takes each point in a figure and rotates it a certain number of degrees around a given point.

For example, this animation shows a rotation of pentagon I, D, E, A, L about the point left parenthesis, 0, comma, minus, 1, right parenthesis. You can see the angle of rotation at the bottom, which increases the further we rotate the figure from its original position.

The result of a rotation is a new figure, called the image. The image is congruent to the original figure.

*Want to learn more about different types of transformations? Check out this video.*

## Performing rotations

Although a figure can be rotated any number of degrees, the rotation will usually be a common angle such as 45, degreesor 180, degrees.

If the number of degrees are

*positive*, the figure will rotate counter-clockwise.If the number of degrees are

*negative*, the figure will rotate clockwise.The figure can rotate around any given point.

**Example:**

Rotate triangle, O, A, R 60, degrees about point left parenthesis, minus, 2, comma, minus, 3, right parenthesis.

The center of rotation is left parenthesis, minus, 2, comma, minus, 3, right parenthesis.

Rotation by 60, degrees moves each point about left parenthesis, minus, 2, comma, minus, 3, right parenthesis in a counter-clockwise direction. The rotation maps triangle, O, A, R onto the triangle below.

*Want to learn more about performing rotations? Check out this video.*

## Want to join the conversation?

- Why is positive counter-clockwise? Is that just a rule or...(38 votes)
- I know the exact story very well: One time zeus was walking in the garden, and he stepped on a rat and screamed. Not wanting to be seen as a wimp, he killed his brother/mom hermes. An imp though it wasnt very nice so he was turned into a mosquito. Then hypotenuse the mathematician told zeus that his chin was a 90 degree angle, which he enjoyed. Now, at the time, hypotenuse hated the fromaguebaguette dance, which consisted of clockwise spinning. His wife died dancing clockwise. So he asked zeus a simple request: to make positive (good) of the counterclockwise. And zeus said yes, but that hypotenuse might regret his choice. And soon enough, hypotenuse was killed by a confused teenager trying to math-ize counterclockwise. Zeus sighed, and then made negative rotation a thing to keep any more Greek mathematicians from dying. So that is how it happened.(6 votes)

- So how do you suppose the exact rotation on here? Or do you just guess how much to turn it ....(19 votes)
- I have to find the coordinates of a point on a shape after a rotation, but I wasn't given a graph or any image.

(Example):'triangle'NPQ has vertices N(-6,-4), P(-3,4), and Q(1,1). If the triangle is rotated 90 degrees about the origin, what are the coordinates of P'?

Is there a rule or formula to solve this or do I have to actually draw a graph, plot the points, rotate, ect.? Thanks.(9 votes)- Great question! There are actually several helpful shortcuts for finding rotations. For rotating 90 degrees counterclockwise about the origin, a point (x, y) becomes (-y, x). So for example, your N would become (4, -6).

For more information, try this link: https://uploads.desmos.com/activitybuilder/3deb2fa7414964f508e36f7de7bfd615(6 votes)

- I don't understand how to rotate about the origin, please explain.(2 votes)
- @garrettcummings22, I realize the frustration of these geometric principles, but these same principles are the foundations of graphic design, several types of engineering, carpentry, masonry, many forms of art. The reality is no one in grades 7-12 will ever know if they will use any of the math they are required to study. No one knows what their future holds. Reality also tells us that every math principle taught is a math concept actually used somewhere in real life. I have used several concepts, especially writing, solving, and graphing linear equations, Pythagorean Theorem, ratios and percents, and many other aspects of statistics throughout my many years of life and many occupations in life.

Good luck in all you do. I hope you find some purpose in your life for the math. I genuinely mean that.(2 votes)

- what way counter-clockwise go and what way does clockwise go.(3 votes)
- Think about it this way: The direction at which a clock's second hand moves is clockwise. The opposite is counterclockwise(8 votes)

- I think this lesson is better taught without the computer.So if you don't understand try it on 8th grade lesson 7 with the eureka math book :)(6 votes)
- Yall get taught this in eigth grade? while us asians go to school for 10hrs a day and we learn this in tenth grade(2 votes)

- Math really do be makin' me educated(4 votes)
- Yall get taught this in eigth grade? while us asians go to school for 10hrs a day and we learn this in tenth grade(1 vote)

- I put the rotating point at 0,0 and it said I was wrong. But the explanation had the rotating point at 0,0.(4 votes)
- Can someone explain how to write the rules for rotation?(4 votes)
- I'm confuse about rotation.(3 votes)