7.12: Dilation in the Coordinate Plane
What if you were given the coordinates of a figure and were asked to dilate that figure by a scale factor of 2? How could you find the coordinates of the dilated figure? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to solve problems like this one.
Watch This
CK12 Foundation: Chapter7DilationintheCoordinatePlaneA
Guidance
A dilation makes a figure larger or smaller, but has the same shape as the original. In other words, the dilation is similar to the original. All dilations have a center and a scale factor. The center is the point of reference for the dilation (like the vanishing point in a perspective drawing) and scale factor tells us how much the figure stretches or shrinks. A scale factor is typically labeled and is always greater than zero. Also, if the original figure is labeled , for example, the dilation would be . The ‘ indicates that it is a copy. This tic mark is said “prime,” so is read “A prime.” A second dilation would be , read “A doubleprime.”
If the dilated image is smaller than the original, then the scale factor is .
If the dilated image is larger than the original, then the scale factor is .
To dilate something in the coordinate plane, multiply each coordinate by the scale factor. This is called mapping. For any dilation the mapping will be . In this Concept, the center of dilation will always be the origin, unless otherwise stated.
Example A
Determine the coordinates of and and find the scale factor.
The coordinates of are and . The coordinates of are and . By looking at the corresponding coordinates, each is three times the original. That means .
Again, the center, original point, and dilated point are collinear. Therefore, you can draw a ray from the origin to and such that the rays pass through and , respectively.
Example B
Show that dilations preserve shape by using the distance formula. Find the lengths of the sides of both triangles in Example A.
From this, we also see that all the sides of are three times larger than .
Example C
Quadrilateral has vertices and . Draw the dilation with a scale factor of 1.5.
Remember that to dilate something in the coordinate plane, multiply each coordinate by the scale factor.
For this dilation, the mapping will be .
Watch this video for help with the Examples above.
CK12 Foundation: Chapter7DilationintheCoordinatePlaneB
Vocabulary
In the graph above, the blue quadrilateral is the original and the red image is the dilation. A dilation an enlargement or reduction of a figure that preserves shape but not size. All dilations are similar to the original figure. Similar figures are the same shape but not necessarily the same size. The center of dilation is the point of reference for the dilation and the scale factor for a dilation tells us how much the figure stretches or shrinks.
Guided Practice
Given and the scale factor, determine the coordinates of the dilated point, . You may assume the center of dilation is the origin.
1.
2.
3.
Answers
Remember that the mapping will be .
1.
2.
3.
Practice
Given and , find the scale factor. You may assume the center of dilation is the origin.
The origin is the center of dilation. Find the coordinates of the dilation of each figure, given the scale factor.
MultiStep Problem Questions 612 build upon each other.
 Plot . Connect to form a triangle.
 Make the origin the center of dilation. Draw 4 rays from the origin to each point from #6. Then, plot . What is the scale factor?
 Use , to find . Plot these points.
 What is the scale factor from to ?

Find (
is the origin):

Find:

Compare the ratios:
 and
 and
For questions 1318, use quadrilateral with and and its transformation with and .
 Plot the two quadrilaterals in the coordinate plane.
 Find the equation of .
 Find the equation of .
 Find the intersection of these two lines algebraically or graphically.
 What is the significance of this point?
 What is the scale factor of the dilation?
Image Attributions
Description
Learning Objectives
Here you'll learn how to draw dilated figures in the coordinate plane given starting coordinates and the scale factor. You'll also learn how to use dilated figures in the coordinate plane to find scale factors.