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Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

This problem is the first of three related problems.
The follow-up problems are Combining Transformation and Simplifying Transformations .

We have adopted the convention of listing a sequence of transformations from left to right; teachers may want to mention to their students that in other contexts a sequence of transformations may be listed from right to left.