<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=iA1Pi1a8Dy00ym" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />

# Dilation in the Coordinate Plane

## Multiplication of coordinates by a scale factor.

Estimated4 minsto complete
%
Progress
Practice Dilation in the Coordinate Plane
Progress
Estimated4 minsto complete
%
Graphs of Dilations

Quadrilateral WXYZ\begin{align*}WXYZ\end{align*} has coordinates W(5,5),X(2,0),Y(2,3)\begin{align*}W(-5, -5), X(-2, 0), Y(2, 3)\end{align*} and Z(1,3)\begin{align*}Z(-1, 3)\end{align*}. Draw the quadrilateral on the Cartesian plane.

The quadrilateral undergoes a dilation centered at the origin of scale factor 13\begin{align*}\frac{1}{3}\end{align*}. Show the resulting image.

### Watch This

First watch this video to learn about graphs of dilations.

CK-12 Foundation Chapter10GraphsofDilationsA

Then watch this video to see some examples.

CK-12 Foundation Chapter10GraphsofDilationsB

### Guidance

In geometry, a transformation is an operation that moves, flips, or changes a shape to create a new shape. A dilation is a type of transformation that enlarges or reduces a figure (called the preimage) to create a new figure (called the image). The scale factor, r, determines how much bigger or smaller the dilation image will be compared to the preimage.

In order to graph a dilation, use the center of dilation and the scale factor. Find the distance between a point on the preimage and the center of dilation. Multiply this length by the scale factor. The corresponding point on the image will be this distance away from the center of dilation in the same direction as the original point.

If you compare the length of a side on the preimage to the length of the corresponding side on the image, the length of the side on the image will be the length of the side on the preimage multiplied by the scale factor.

#### Example A

Line AB¯¯¯¯¯\begin{align*}\overline{A B}\end{align*} drawn from (-4, 2) to (3, 2) has undergone a dilation about the origin to produce A(6,3)\begin{align*}A^\prime(-6, 3)\end{align*} and B(4.5,3)\begin{align*}B^\prime(4.5, 3)\end{align*}. Draw the preimage and dilation image and determine the scale factor.

Solution:

scale factor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscale factor=10.57.0scale factor=32

#### Example B

The diamond ABCD\begin{align*}ABCD\end{align*} undergoes a dilation about the origin to form the image ABCD\begin{align*}A^\prime B^\prime C^\prime D^\prime\end{align*}. Find the coordinates of the dilation image. Using the diagram, determine the scale factor.

Solution:

scale factor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscalefactor=7.213.61scalefactor=2

#### Example C

The diagram below undergoes a dilation about the origin to form the dilation image. Find the coordinates of A\begin{align*}A\end{align*} and B\begin{align*}B\end{align*} and A\begin{align*}A^\prime\end{align*} and B\begin{align*}B^\prime\end{align*} of the dilation image. Using the diagram, determine the scale factor.

Solution:

scalefactor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscale factor=2.0010.00scale factor=15

#### Concept Problem Revisited

Test to see if the dilation is correct by determining the scale factor.

scale factor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscale factor=10.633.54scale factor=3

### Guided Practice

1. Line ST¯¯¯¯¯\begin{align*}\overline{S T}\end{align*} drawn from (-3, 4) to (-3, 8) has undergone a dilation of scale factor 3 about the point A(1,6)\begin{align*}A (1, 6)\end{align*}. Draw the preimage and image and properly label each.

2. The polygon below has undergone a dilation about the origin with a scale factor of 53\begin{align*}\frac{5}{3}\end{align*}. Draw the dilation image and properly label each.

3. The triangle with vertices J(5,2),K(1,4)\begin{align*}J(-5, -2), K(-1, 4)\end{align*} and L(1,3)\begin{align*}L(1, -3)\end{align*} has undergone a dilation of scale factor 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*}. about the center point L\begin{align*}L\end{align*}. Draw and label the dilation image and the preimage then check the scale factor.

1.

scale factor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscale factor=12.004.00scale factor=3

2.

scalefactor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscale factor=5.003.00scale factor=53

3.

scale factor=dilation image lengthpreimage lengthscale factor=7.213.61scale factor=12

### Explore More

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 2\begin{align*}2\end{align*} about point D.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 3\begin{align*}3\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about point C.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about point C.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 14\begin{align*}\frac{1}{4}\end{align*} about point C.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 2\begin{align*}2\end{align*} about point A.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 2\begin{align*}2\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about point D.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 3\begin{align*}3\end{align*} about point D.

1. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about the origin.
2. Dilate the above figure by a factor of 12\begin{align*}\frac{1}{2}\end{align*} about point C.

### Answers for Explore More Problems

To view the Explore More answers, open this PDF file and look for section 10.11.

### Vocabulary Language: English

Dilation

Dilation

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

Distance Formula

The distance between two points $(x_1, y_1)$ and $(x_2, y_2)$ can be defined as $d= \sqrt{(x_2-x_1)^2 + (y_2-y_1)^2}$.
Mapping

Mapping

Mapping is a procedure involving the plotting of points on a coordinate grid to see the behavior of a function.
Scale Factor

Scale Factor

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

### Explore More

Sign in to explore more, including practice questions and solutions for Dilation in the Coordinate Plane.