Tip of the Day: What is Symmetry?

The kind of symmetry that we’re most accustomed to is “Reflection”. Along with reflection, the four kinds of symmetry that we most commonly deal with are:• Reflection Symmetry (what you see in a mirror)• Rotational Symmetry (what you see when a shape or pattern is rotated around a point)• Translational Symmetry (It is as if an object has been slid along a plane, as if a duplicate of the object has been created)• Glide Reflection Symmetry (things such as animal tracks, or human footprints in sand

The kind of symmetry that we’re most accustomed to is “Reflection”. Along with reflection, the four kinds of symmetry that we most commonly deal with are:

• Reflection Symmetry (what you see in a mirror)

• Rotational Symmetry (what you see when a shape or pattern is rotated around a point)

• Translational Symmetry (It is as if an object has been slid along a plane, as if a duplicate of the object has been created)

• Glide Reflection Symmetry (things such as animal tracks, or human footprints in sand. They are seemingly reflected, but also displaced along the axis.)

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