Education Technology

Explore Transformations with Matrices

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students will use a graphing calculator to explore transformations with matrices. They will analyze how each element of the matrix affects the position of the image.

This Technology Lab accompanies Lesson 12-3 from the ©2007 Holt, Rinehart and Winston Geometry textbook.

Before the Activity

  • Review the lesson PDF files.
  • Make copies of the lesson PDF files for your class.
  • Familiarize students with entering matrices into the Matrix Editor of the graphing calculator.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Use a graphing calculator to explore transformations with matrices.
  • Analyze how each element of the matrix affects the position of the image.

After the Activity

Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary