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### Course: Geometry (FL B.E.S.T.)>Unit 2

Lesson 5: Dilations

# Dilations: scale factor

Dilations make a shape bigger or smaller. A scale factor tells us how much to multiply by the side lengths to change the size. The scale factor is the ratio of the side length in the new shape (image) to the side length in the corresponding side in the original shape (pre-image). Each pair of corresponding sides has the same factor.

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• How do you find the scale factor without the origin at zero?
• Dont need to, as for example two and example three, they didnt give any origin so Khan said that we dont even need to draw it since they didnt give enough information; that is the origin.

The video explains how to find the scale factor of a dilation, and how to find the afterimage of a figure that went into a dilation (without the figure being drawn), and how to find the pre-image of a figure that went into a dilation (without the figure being drawn).

• At , why can't the scale factor be 3, not 1/3? Is there a specific rule where it is either a smaller scale or larger? Thanks so much for the help!
• Figures are defined by pre-image and image, so the image would be the dilation while the pre-image is the original figure. So with the preimage being larger, the dilation has to be a fraction less than 1. IF you considered the small pentagon to be the preimage which would be a different question, then the image gets bigger and the scale factor would be 3.
• whats the opposite of a dilation
• A dilation can be an image larger or smaller than the first.
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• i lowkey still dont get it
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• At how do I know what to find the scale factor of? If it's big shape to small shape or small shape to big shape?
• Great question!
The shape that is labeled prime (with an apostrophe `'` near each letter) is the image (changed form) of the original shape. Therefore, if the big shape is labeled, say, `A'B'C'D'`, you'll know that the dilation transformed the small shape to the big shape, and vice-versa.
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• any other easy way to slove it?
• Just find the difference between the segments and its just simple division or multiplication after that.