# 7.11: Dilation

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**Practice**Dilation

### Dilation

A **transformation** is an operation that moves, flips, or changes a figure to create a new figure. Transformations that preserve size are ** rigid** and ones that do not are

**A**

*non-rigid.***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

*If the dilated image is smaller than the original, then the scale factor is 0<k<1.*

*If the dilated image is larger than the original, then the scale factor is k>1.*

#### Dilating a Point

1. The center of dilation is

If the scale factor is 3 and

2. Using the picture above, change the scale factor to

Now the scale factor is

#### Drawing a Dilation

If

### Examples

#### Example 1

Find the perimeters of

The perimeter of

#### Example 2

Because

If

#### Example 3

Find the scale factor, given the corresponding sides. In the diagram, the **black** figure is the original and \begin{align*}P\end{align*}

Since the dilation is smaller than the original, the scale factor is going to be less than one. \begin{align*}\frac{8}{20}=\frac{2}{5}\end{align*}

### Review

In the two questions below, you are told the scale factor. Determine the dimensions of the dilation. In each diagram, the **black** figure is the original and \begin{align*}P\end{align*}

- \begin{align*}k = 4\end{align*}
k=4 - \begin{align*}k = \frac{1}{3}\end{align*}
k=13

In the question below, find the scale factor, given the corresponding sides. In the diagram, the **black** figure is the original and \begin{align*}P\end{align*}

- Find the perimeter of both triangles in #1. What is the ratio of the perimeters?
What happens if \begin{align*}k = 1\end{align*}*Writing*k=1 ?

** Construction** We can use a compass and straight edge to construct a dilation as well. Copy the diagram below.

- Set your compass to be \begin{align*}CG\end{align*}
CG and use this setting to mark off a point 3 times as far from \begin{align*}C\end{align*}C as \begin{align*}G\end{align*}G is. Label this point \begin{align*}G'\end{align*}G′ . Repeat this process for \begin{align*}CO\end{align*}CO and \begin{align*}CD\end{align*}CD to find \begin{align*}O'\end{align*}O′ and \begin{align*}D'\end{align*}D′ . - Connect \begin{align*}G', O'\end{align*}
G′,O′ and \begin{align*}D'\end{align*}D′ to make \begin{align*}\triangle D'O'G'\end{align*}△D′O′G′ . Find the ratios, \begin{align*}\frac{D'O'}{DO}, \frac{O'G'}{OG}\end{align*}D′O′DO,O′G′OG and \begin{align*}\frac{G'D'}{GD}\end{align*}G′D′GD . - What is the scale factor of this dilation?
- Describe how you would dilate the figure by a scale factor of 4.
- Describe how you would dilate the figure by a scale factor of \begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*}
12 .

- The scale factor between two shapes is 1.5. What is the ratio of their perimeters?
- The scale factor between two shapes is 1.5. What is the ratio of their areas?
*Hint: Draw an example and calculate what happens.* - Suppose you dilate a triangle with side lengths 3, 7, and 9 by a scale factor of 3. What are the side lengths of the image?
- Suppose you dilate a rectangle with a width of 10 and a length of 12 by a scale factor of \begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*}
12 . What are the dimensions of the image? - Find the areas of the rectangles in #14. What is the ratio of their areas?

### Review (Answers)

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Dilation

To reduce or enlarge a figure according to a scale factor is a dilation.Quadrilateral

A quadrilateral is a closed figure with four sides and four vertices.Ratio

A ratio is a comparison of two quantities that can be written in fraction form, with a colon or with the word “to”.Scale Factor

A scale factor is a ratio of the scale to the original or actual dimension written in simplest form.Transformation

A transformation moves a figure in some way on the coordinate plane.Vertex

A vertex is a point of intersection of the lines or rays that form an angle.Rigid Transformation

A rigid transformation is a transformation that preserves distance and angles, it does not change the size or shape of the figure.### Image Attributions

Here you'll learn what a dilation is, how to dilate a figure, and how to find the scale factor by which the figure is dilated.

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