Karen looked at the image below and stated that the image was translated thirteen units backwards. Is she correct? Explain.

### Watch This

First watch this video to learn about translations.

CK-12 Foundation Chapter10TranslationsA

Then watch this video to see some examples.

CK-12 Foundation Chapter10TranslationsB

### Guidance

In geometry, a transformation is an operation that moves, flips, or changes a shape to create a new shape. A translation is a type of transformation that moves each point in a figure the same distance in the same direction. Translations are often referred to as slides. If you look at the picture below, you can see that the square is moved 10 units to the right. All points of the square have been moved 10 units to the right to make the translated image . The original square is called a **preimage**. The final square is called the **image.**

#### Example A

Describe the translation of the purple pentagon in the diagram below.

**Solution:** The pentagon is translated down 8 and over 11 to the right.

#### Example B

Describe the translation of the light blue triangle in the diagram to the right.

**Solution:** The blue triangle moves up 3 units and over 2 units to the left to make the green triangle image.

#### Example C

Describe the translation in the diagram below.

**Solution:** The original shape is translated down 2 and over 7 to the left.

#### Concept Problem Revisited

Karen looked at the image below and stated that the image was translated thirteen units backwards. Is she correct? Explain.

Karen is somewhat correct in that the translation is moving to the left (backwards). The proper way to describe the translation is to say that the image has moved 13 units to the left and 2 units up.

### Guided Practice

1. Describe the translation of the pink triangle in the diagram below.

2. Describe the translation of the purple polygon in the diagram below.

3. Describe the translation of the blue hexagon in the diagram below.

**Answers:**

1. The pink triangle is translated down 4 and over 2 to the left.

2. The purple polygon is translated up 2 and over 12 to the right.

3. The blue hexagon is translated down 2 and over 10 to the left.

### Explore More

Describe the translation of the purple original figures in the diagrams:

Use the diagram below to describe the following translations:

- A onto B
- A onto C
- A onto D
- A onto E
- A onto F

On a piece of graph paper, plot the points and to form .

- Translate the triangle 3 units to the right and 2 units down. Label this .
- Translate 3 units to the left and 4 units down. Label this .
- Describe the translation necessary to bring to .

On a piece of graph paper, plot the points and to form .

- Translate the triangle 2 units to the left and 4 units down. Label this .
- Translate 5 units to the right and 2 units up. Label this .
- Describe the translation necessary to bring to .

### Answers for Explore More Problems

To view the Explore More answers, open this PDF file and look for section 10.1.