Images of F
This interactive Geogebra applet allows exploration of a linear transformation in terms of images of a closed figure that happens to be in the shape of the letter F initially. The Geogebra interface allows dragging of points and vectors to make for versatile explorations of basic linear algebra ideas. Suggested activities and exercises using the tool are included on page 2 of this posting and as a separate pdf file for easy printing.
Madeira High School
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Click here or on the screen shot above to open the applet in a separate window.
In the Images of F applet on page 1, the columns of the matrix are the elementary vectors e1 and e2. The blue figure is a pre-image initially in the shape of an F. The green figure is the image of the blue F under the transformation given by the matrix.
To answer the questions below, you can drag the tips of the elementary vector to set up the appropriate matrices. You may also need to drag the vertices of the blue F as well.
Warm Up: Set up the following matrices one at a time. Pay particular attention to the lattice points of F and to the lattice points of the image of F.
Investigation 1: Drag the tips of the elementary vectors to set up the following matrices. Discuss the transformations and the resulting image of F under these matrix transformations.
Investigation 2: Drag the tips of the elementary vectors to set up matrices that will perform the following transformations. Pay attention to the orientation of the vectors.