## How to enlarge a shape by scale factor

is one of those GCSE questions that you don’t really think you’ll ever need.. I guess, like a lot of math, it’s just whether you are involved in that employment area.

Enlargement of shapes is very important if you work in design, architecture, city landscapes, modelling or any area that requires a scale model first. The whole idea of creating a model first saves millions before the actual product is built.

There’s quite a difference between a scale model of a car (a 3D shape) and the 2D of a graph, but the principles are the same.

– Always use points on the shape – rather than guesswork – as it can get a little more complex that you’d think

– Always work from the centre of enlargement. This is a point on the graph, sometimes given in the question, that all the measurements are taken from.

The examples given are fairly straightforward, although the one that catches some students, is the ‘enlargement by a negative scale factor.’ It might be worthwhile working through that video, just to make sure that it makes sense. Other than that I hope that these videos help:

Watch on YouTube:

How to enlarge a shape on a graph by scale factor

How to enlarge a shape by scale factor of a half

Terron Thaysen says

Thank you very much for your vidoes. They have helped me a lot. You an excellent maths teacher.

Simon says

Thank you and I’m glad the videos help – you made my day!

TheEmptyCar says

Finished my GCSE maths a few weeks back, you’ve been a great help.

Jake Cochrane says

Hi Simon,

Not sure if you remember but I posted a comment on one of your videos a

while ago about my GCSE equivelency test I was taking so I can do my

teacher training. I got my result back today and I passed! All self-study

and the help of your great, well explained online lessons. Really helped

with changing subject of formula, volume of cuboid, etc. Thank you for

posting these, they truly have helped me so I can now become a teacher,

hopefully one day half as good as yourself.

Cheers.

Simon Deacon says

Simon Deacon says