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Complex Number Properties
High schoolers experiment with complex numbers to see which properties of real numbers apply to the system of complex numbers and practice computations. The study of these properties is first explored by looking at rotational transformations and completing a chart of the rotations. This lesson is then extended to looking at complex numbers and their properties.
Experiment with Transformations
Rotate it, reflect it, and slide it! This lesson plan gives your geometers an opportunity to explore transformations in the coordinate plane. Working in small groups, learners travel to four stations with a figure you have assigned them to draw. Each station presents a set of instructions to perform specific transformations and translations on their figure. One station uses patty paper to perform the transformations, one uses graph paper, another uses MIRA boards or transparencies, and the last uses geometry software such as Geometer's Sketchpad or Geogebra. If geometry software isn't available, you can modify the lesson plan to include only three stations. After completing all stations, students discuss their results and reflect on their findings.
Tantalizing Tessellations Lesson IV-Creating a Rotational Transformation
Students use what they have learned to explain and apply their knowledge of tessellations in order to create a rotational transformation.
Translations, Reflections, and Rotations
Students are introduced to the concepts of translation, reflection, and rotation. They practice translating, reflecting, and rotating two-dimensional objects on the coordinate plane. students use computers to learn about the three concepts.
Line Symmetry and Rotational Symmetry
Fifth graders investigate the symmetry of pattern block shapes. Students, working in groups determine whether each shape has line symmetry, rotational symmetry or both kinds of symmetry. Students determine how many lines of symmetry the figure has
Math Lesson: Rotational Symmetry
Students analyze lines of symmetry and rotational symmetry in designs. They practice dividing a shape along its line(s) of symmetry and discuss the relationship between lines of symmetry and number of sides as well as rotations.
Translations, Rotations, Reflections In the World Around Us
Learners identify translation, rotation and reflection. In this geometry lesson, students identify the different properties of shapes on a coordinate plane. They identify translations in the real world.
Eighth graders explore geometry by utilizing a document camera. In this symmetry lesson plan, 8th graders discuss the y and x axis and practice rotating specific geometric shapes on a grid. Students utilize a camera to photograph the rotations of these images and share them with the class.
Seventh graders perform rotation and reflection of triangles. In this geometry lesson, 7th graders identify the properties of quadrilaterals and triangles. They move the shapes around horizontally and vertically on a coordinate plane.
Investigate the Rigid Motions of Reflection, Rotation, Translation, and Dilation
Young scholars investigate the rigid motions of reflection, rotation, translation, and dilation. This investigation be accomplished through classroom instruction and exploration using Geometer's Sketchpad.
Rotations in the Plane
Pupils investigate the properties of a rotation as they use technology (Cabri, Jr.) to observe the relationship between the pre-image and the image formed by the rotation. The lesson provides ample opportunity for learners to conjecture and explore.
Students create rotation templates from cardboard, covering sheets of paper with repeating patterns. They add details to create Escher-type pieces of artwork. They examine transformational geometry on various Web sites.
Equilateral Triangle Symmetries Closure Activity
Students explore the symmetries of an equilateral triangle. In this lesson on symmetry, students determine the composition of given equilateral triangles using both rotational and reflectional symmetries.
In this translation lesson, explore through the use of matrix multiplication to rotate, reflect, dilate and translate images. Discussion of dilation, rotation, symmetry, and motion of objects are all covered in this insightful lesson.
Transformations and Frieze Patterns
Young scholars demonstrate transformations. In this transformation lesson, students identify lines of symmetry. They use the Internet to model rotational symmetry, reflections, and create Frieze patterns. Young scholars answer questions related to symmetry and justify answers.
Transformations & Frieze Patterns
Students identify symmetry. In this transformation lesson, students create cyclic figures, identify the lines of symmetry, determine the repeating patterns, and angles of rotation.
Students recognize that by folding paper, more copies of a shape can be made at one time. In this investigating patterns instructional activity, students define rotation and reflection and use both with their shapes. Students identify the properties of their patterns.
Testing for Lipids, Proteins and Carbohydrates
Students perform tests for the presence of certain macromolecules. For this health and biology lesson, students rotate in groups to three lab stations and perform tests for proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates found in familiar foods.
Rotational Hex Designs
Learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, Rotational Hex Design. This image-rich presentation provides a comprehensive description of the origin and meaning behind these interesting totems. Instructions to create these symmetrical geometric wonders are included.
Twelfth graders explore transforming matrices representing figures in the coordinate plane by entering data points of figures such as triangles and quadrilaterals into a matrix. Students dilate, rotate, reflect, and translate the figures by multiplying by translation matrices.