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Transformations of Functions
Transformations alter a function while maintaining the original characteristics of that funcction.
Learning Objective

Differentiate between three common types of translations: reflections, rotations, and scaling
Key Points

Transformations are ways that a function can be adjusted to create new functions.

Transformations often preserve the original shape of the function.

Common types of transformations include rotations, translations, reflections, and scaling (also known as stretching/shrinking).
Term

euclidean space
The threedimensional space of Euclidean geometry. The term "Euclidean" distinguishes these spaces from the curved spaces of nonEuclidean geometry and Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Full Text
A transformation could be any function mapping a set, X, on to another set or on to itself. However, often the set X has some additional algebraic or geometric structure and the term "transformation" refers to a function from X to itself that preserves this structure.
Examples include translations, reflections, rotations, and scaling. These can be carried out in Euclidean space, particularly in dimensions 2 and 3. They are also operations that can be performed using linear algebra and described explicitly using matrices.
A translation, or translation operator, is an affine transformation of Euclidean space which moves every point by a fixed distance in the same direction.
It can also be interpreted as the addition of a constant vector to every point, or as the shifting of the origin of the coordinate system.
In other words, if v is a fixed vector, then the translation Tv will work as
A reflection is a map that transforms an object into its mirror image. In geometry a "mirror" is a hyperplane of fixed points. For example, a reflection of the small English letter p in respect to a vertical line would look like q. In order to reflect a planar figure one needs the "mirror" to be a line (axis of reflection or axis of symmetry), while for reflections in the threedimensional space one would use a plane (the plane of reflection or symmetry) for a mirror.
A rotation is a transformation that is performed by "spinning" the object around a fixed point known as the center of rotation. You can rotate your object at any degree measure but 90° and 180° are two of the most common.
Uniform scaling is a linear transformation that enlarges or diminishes objects. The scale factor is the same in all directions; it is also called a homothety or dilation. The result of uniform scaling is similar (in the geometric sense) to the original. Scaling can also be referred to as "stretching" or "shrinking" a function.
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Source: Boundless. “Transformations of Functions.” Boundless Algebra. Boundless, 14 Nov. 2014. Retrieved 24 Apr. 2015 from https://www.boundless.com/algebra/textbooks/boundlessalgebratextbook/graphsfunctionsandmodels2/transformations21/transformationsoffunctions1175543/