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Transformations 1 - Translations, a graphical approach

Activity Overview

Beyond sliders and memorising, students need a good understanding of the reasoning behind transformations. This activity focuses on the algebra behind translations, starting with the discrete analysis, a single point, building to a family of points and finally an equation. 


The aim of this activity is for students to develop an understanding of translations through algebra rather than memorising formats and associating potentially erroneous logic.


  • Transformation
  • Translation
  • Towards or Away from axis
  • Horizontal or Vertical

About the Lesson

Students can edit the algebra that defines the translated point. The discrete connection between the algebra and the visual helps students understand the connections.