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 Rotation:  A transformation that turns a figure about a fixed point at a given angle and a given direction.





The original image is the square labeled ABDC. The image after rotating the square 45 degrees (counterclockwise) about its center gives the square labeled A'B'D'C'.

 








The original image is the square labeled ABDC. The image after rotating the square 45 degrees (counterclockwise) about the point P is the square labeled A'B'D'C'. Note that point P is outside the square.











In the above example, the angle of rotation is the angle APA'. This is the same as the angle CPC'.

 

 

 

A JavaSketchPad page is provided for you to explore rotations. Move any red point and observe what happens. Try various positions for point P (i.e., inside and outside the figure).