# How to Reflect a Shape In the X-Axis Using Cartesian Coordinates (Mathematics Lesson)

# How to Reflect a Shape in the X-Axis Using Cartesian Coordinates

To reflect a shape in the x-axis using Cartesian coordinates, if a point on the shape has coordinates**(x,y)**, the reflected point has coordinates

**(x,-y)**.

# Method of How to Reflect a Point in the X-Axis Using Cartesian Coordinates

For each vertex (corner) of the shape:**Step 1:**Find the Cartesian coordinate of the vertex.

**(x,y)**

**Step 2:**Find the Cartesian coordinate of the reflected vertex by changing the sign of the y co-ordinate.

**(x,-y)**

# A Real Example of How to Reflect a Shape in the X-Axis Using Cartesian Coordinates

**Question:**Reflect the shape below in the x-axis.

**Step 1:**Find the Cartesian coordinates of each vertex.

Vertex of Object | Coordinate |
---|---|

A |
(2,3) |

B |
(5,2) |

C |
(2,1) |

**Step 2:**Find the Cartesian coordinate of the reflected vertex by changing the sign of the y co-ordinate.

Vertex of Object | Coordinate | Vertex of Image | Co-ordinate |
---|---|---|---|

A |
(2,3) |
A' |
(2,-3) |

B |
(5,2) |
B' |
(5,-2) |

C |
(2,1) |
C' |
(2,-1) |

With all the vertices reflected, we can draw in the reflected shape:

This is the shape reflected in the x-axis.

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##### Note

**FINDING THE CARTESIAN COORDINATES OF A POINT**

- The coordinate on the left is the x-coordinate.

It describes how far along the x-axis, or how far across, the point is. - The coordinate on the right is the y-coordinate.

It describes how far up the y-axis, or how far up, the point is.

**2**along the x-axis and

**3**up the y-axis. Therefore its Cartesian coordinates are

**(2,3)**

**WHAT IS A REFLECTION?**

A reflection transforms a shape so that it becomes a mirror image of itself.

The orginal shape is called the object, the reflected shape is called the image.

A reflection is a type of transformation.