# Resource 4: Translating and reflecting triangles Background information / subject knowledge for teacher x-y coordinates always give the ‘x’ (horizontal axis) value before the ‘y’ (vertical axis) value.

So, in the illustration, the x-y coordinates for abc:

• a = 4, 8
• b = 4, 2
• c = 2, 2

The translation to a1b1c1 increases the value of x by 12, and y by 9. So:

• a1 = 16, 17
• b1 = 16, 11
• c1 = 14, 11

## Differentiation

This can be made simple, by moving a cut-out shape around the grid, drawing around it and recording the new coordinates.

This can be made more challenging by giving coordinates for a shape and asking pupils to draw the shape. Then say how a translation affects the x-y values, and ask them to work out the new coordinates and redraw the position of the shape. In the illustration, the x-y coordinates for abc are:

• a = 4, 8
• b = 4, 2
• c = 2, 3

Reflecting abc in a vertical ‘mirror line’ (x=8) gives an image (a1b1c1) at new coordinates:

• a1 = 12, 8
• b1 = 12, 2
• c1 = 14, 3

## Note

The object and its image are always at the same perpendicular distance (distance measured at right angles) form the mirror line, e.g. if ‘a’ is 4 squares from the mirror line, ‘a1’ must also be 4 squares from the mirror line.

Compare the x-y coordinates of abc and a1b1c1 and observe that a vertical mirror line leaves the y coordinates unchanged.

Similarly, a horizontal mirror line would leave the x coordinates unchanged.

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Resource 3: Translation

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