A Resource to Support Work on Transformations

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This page contains interactive games and ideas for developing confidence with transformations. There are a number of non-iteractive resources involving transforamtions on the site such as Mirror, Mirror... and the related activities described in that problem's accompanying text.

Notes on a triangle

This short film offers opportunities to discuss transforimations and their effects. Why not select a section of the film to analyse and recreate.

Transformation game

This card-based game offers opportunities to develop confidence in the results of different transformations.

Interactive games and problems which utilise familiatiry with transformations

Penta Play

These games based on the twelve pentominoes were invented by Solomon W. Golombwho came up with the idea of polyominoes.

Square tangram

Practice at transforming shapes and making connections between the ratio of sides of similar shapes (squares) and areas is a useful short cut to solving the later stages of this problem .

Some transformation problems

Bow Tie

Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images in the tiling.

Tablecloth

This problem links symmetry and transformations with a generalisation related to the pattern of numbers of colours. An interesting mathematical connection.

Matter of Scale

This problem examines a proof of Pythagoras Theorem using enlargements and scale factors.