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### Course: Basic geometry and measurement > Unit 14

Lesson 5: Properties & definitions of transformations# Rigid transformations: preserved properties

Rigid transformations, like rotations and reflections, change a shape's position but keep its size and shape. These transformations preserve side lengths, angle measures, perimeter, and area. But they might not keep the same coordinates or relationships to lines outside the figure.

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- Aren't translations also rigid transformations?(23 votes)
- Yes, translations are rigid transformations. They too preserve angle measure and segment length.(40 votes)

- isn't the diameter also something that is also preserved?(14 votes)
- Yes since diameter is also related to the radius just like area and circumference.(14 votes)

- Guys im so upset I dont know what it is about math my brain just shuts off and i have no idea what he is saying or how to do it.(11 votes)
- There are many people who feel like they suck at math. My advice is that as long as you keep exposing yourself to mathematics and trying to do them, you can definitely get as good as you want. Nurture vs nature.(6 votes)

- How did he do that so quickly!??!(9 votes)
- He must have practiced it many times since he's a master in areas of math and geometry. Great explanations, Sal!(11 votes)

- 3:43what is the rule that he used? (I know we don't have to know, but it would be helpful.)(4 votes)
- in a reflection where the slope is one, the x coordinate becomes the y coordinate and vice versa. for example: (x,y) or (9,0) becomes (y,x) or (0,9).(14 votes)

- 💀same here homeslice(4 votes)

- Can you mix translation and reflection together?(6 votes)
- No, you cannot. You must do one first and then another. However, I do not know everything, so this might not be the answer.(5 votes)

- can you mix translation an reflection together(5 votes)
- Yes, and it has a name: Glide reflection(7 votes)

- What are translations, and how are they different from transformations(4 votes)
- You can think of transformations as a
**Shape**, and translations as a**Circle**. It is obvious to see that a circle is a shape as well.

What I am trying to say is that transformations include translations as well, and a translation is a type of transformation.

For a translation, you simply move the graph, preserving its size and rotation.(7 votes)

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## Video transcript

- [Instructor] What we're
going to do in this video is think about what properties
of a shape are preserved or not preserved, as they undergo a transformation. In particular, we're gonna
think about rotations and reflections in this video. And both of those are
rigid transformations which means that the length
between corresponding points do not change. So for example, let's say
we take this circle A, it's centered at Point A. And we were to rotate it around Point P. Point P is the center of rotation. And just for the sake
of argument we rotate it clockwise a certain angle. So let's say we end up right over so we're gonna rotate that way. And let's say our center
ends up right over here. So our new circle, the image after the rotation might
look something like this. And I'm hand drawing it. So you got to forgive that it's not that well
hand drawn of a circle. But the circle might
look something like this. And so, the clear things
that are preserved or maybe it's not so clear, we're gonna hope we make them clear right now. Things that are preserved
under a rigid transformation like this rotation right over here. This is clearly a rotation. Things that are preserved well, you have things like the radius of the circle. The radius length, I could
say, to be more particular. The radius here is two. The radius here is also is also two, right over there. You have things like the perimeter. Well, if the radius is preserved the perimeter of a circle which we call a circumference well, that's just a
function of the radius. We're talking about two
times pi times the radius. So the perimeter, of course,
is going to be preserved. In fact, that follows from the fact that the length of the radius is preserved. And of course, if the
radius is preserved and then the area is also going to be preserved. The area is just pi
times the radius squared. So they have the same radius. They're gonna have all of these in common. And you could also that
feels intuitively right. So what is not preserved? Not preserved. And this is in general true of rigid transformations is that they will preserve the distance between corresponding points if
we're transforming a shape they'll preserve things
like perimeter and area. And this case, I can set a perimeter. I can say circumference. Circumference. So they'll preserve things like that. They'll preserve angles. We don't have clear
angles in this picture. But, they'll preserve things like angles. But what they won't
preserve is the coordinates. Coordinates of corresponding points. They might sometimes, but not always. So for example, the
coordinate of the center here is for sure, going to change. We go from the coordinate
negative three comma zero. To here we went to the coordinate we went to the coordinate
negative one comma two. So the coordinates are not preserved. Coordinates of the center. Let's do another example with a non-circular shape. And we'll do a different
type of transformation. In this situation let us do a reflection. So, we have a quadrilateral here. Quadrilateral ABCD. And we want to think about
what is preserved, or not preserved as we do a reflection across the line L. So let me write that down. We're gonna have a
reflection in this situation. And we can even think about this without even doing the
reflection ourselves. But let's just do the
reflection really fast. So we're reflecting across
the line XYZ equal to X. So what it essentially
does to the coordinates is it swaps the X and Y coordinates. But you don't have to know that for the sake of this video. So, B prime would be right over here. A prime would be right over there. D prime would be right over here. And since C is right on the line now its image, C prime, won't change. And so our new when we reflect over the line L. And you don't have to
know for the sake of this video, exactly how I
did that fairly quickly. I really just want you to see what the reflection looks like. The real appreciation here is think about, well, what happens with
rigid transformations. So, it's gonna look something like this. The reflection. The reflection looks something like this. So what's preserved? And in general, this is good to know for any rigid transformation
what's preserved. Well, side lengths. That's actually one way that we even use to define what a
rigid transformation is. A transformation that
preserves the lengths between corresponding points. Angle measures. Angle measures. So, for example, this angle here, the angle A, is gonna be the same as the angle A prime over here. Side lengths, the distance between A and B is going to be the same
as the distance between A prime and B prime. Perimeter. If you have the same side
lengths and the same angles, the perimeter and area are also going to be preserved. Just like we saw with
the rotation example. These are rigid transformations. These are the types of
things that are preserved. Well, what is not preserved? Not preserved. And this just goes back to the example we just looked at. Well, coordinates are not preserved. So as we see, the image of A A prime has different coordinates than A. B prime has different coordinates than B. C prime, in this case, happens to have the same coordinates as C because C happens to sit on our, the line that we're reflecting over. But D prime definitely does not have the same coordinates as D. So, most of or let me say, coordinates of AB ABD. Coordinates of A B D not preserved. After transformation, or their images don't have the same coordinates. After transformation. The one coordinate that
happened to be preserved here is Cs coordinates. Because it was right on
the line of reflection. And you can also look at other properties so how it might relate how different segments might relate to lines that would not be that were not being transformed. So, for example, right over here before transformation, CD is parallel to the Y axis. You see this right over here. But after the transformation C prime D prime. So this could be C prime D prime is no longer parallel to the Y axis. In fact, now it is parallel to the X axis. So, when you have the
relationship to things outside of the things we're transformed that relationship might not. Those relationships may no longer be true after the transformation.