**Enlargement** (or **reduction**) is a **transformation**
in which the size of an object is changed without changing its original shape. If the size
of the object increase, we call it an enlargement and if the size of an object
decrease, we call it a reduction.

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The enlargement is made with the help of a fixed
point called **centre of enlargement**
and by the fixed ratio called **scale factor** i.e. the ratio
of the corresponding sides of the image and object.

As enlargement changes the size
of the object, it will have no real sense in case of a point.

__The following are the properties of enlargement__:

1.
The object and the image
under the enlargement are similar.

2. Scale factor (k) =

3.
If the scale factor k>1,
then the transformation is called enlargement.

4.
If the scale factor
0<k<1, then the transformation is called reduction.

5.
If the scale factor k=1,
then the transformation is identity.

6.
If the scale factor k<0,
then the image will be on the opposite side of the object from the centre of
enlargement.

*Example 1:** Find the image of Î”ABC under the enlargement with the centre of
enlargement O and scale factor 2. [It is denoted by E(O, 2)]*

*Solution:*

*For the image Î”ABC under the given enlargement, perform the
following steps:*

__Step 1__*:** Join OA, OB and OC.*

__Step 2__*:** Produce OA upto A’ such that OA’ = 2OA.*

__Step 3__*:** Produce OB upto B’ such that OB’ = 2OB.*

__Step 4__*:** Produce OC upto C’ such that OC’ = 2OC.*

__Step 5__*:** Join A’B’, B’C’ and C’A’.*

*Hence, Î”A’B’C’ is the required image of Î”ABC under the enlargement E(O, 2).*

*Example 2:** Find the image of Î”PQR under the enlargement with centre of
enlargement O and scale factor -½.*

*Solution:*

*As the scale factor is negative i.e. - **½**, the image of Î”ABC will
be on the opposite side of centre O and the size will be half of the given figure. i.e.
image of each side will be half of its corresponding object side.*

__Step 1__*:** Join OP, OQ and OR.*

__Step 2__*:** Produce PO upto P’ such that OP’ = **½**OP.*

__Step 3__*:** Produce QP and RO upto Q’ and R’ in the same direction so that
OQ’ = ½ OQ and OR’ = ½OR.*

__Step 4__*:** Join P’Q’, Q’R’ and R’P’.*

*Hence, Î”P’Q’R’ is the image of Î”PQR under the given enlargement.*

**Enlargement Using Co-ordinates**

The image under the enlargement with a given centre
of enlargement and scale factor can be obtained with the help of co-ordinates.

**Enlargement With Centre At Origin And Scale Factor k.**

Let P(3, 1) and Q(2, 4) be two points and k = 2 be the scale factor and O(0, 0) be the centre of enlargement. Join OP and OQ and produce OP upto P’ such that OP’ = 2OP and produce OQ upto Q’ such that OQ’ = 2OQ and join P’Q’ which is the image of PQ.

The co-ordinates of P’ and Q’ are
(6, 2) and (4, 8) respectively.

Let us see the following table of some points in the plane and their corresponding images under the enlargement with centre O(0, 0) and scale factor k.

From the following table, we can see that the image of any point P(x, y) under the enlargement with centre O(0, 0) and scale factor k is P’(kx, ky),

*Example 3:** If a square ABCD with vertices A(1, 2), B(1, 1), C(2, 1) and D(2, 2)
is enlarged with the centre of enlargement O(0, 0) and scale factor 4**. Find the co-ordinates of the
vertices of the image square ABCD and draw ABCD and its image on the same graph
paper.*

*Solution:*

*As the square ABCD has vertices A(1, 2), B(1, 1), C(2, 1) and
D(2, 2), the image of these vertices under the enlargement with centre O(0, 0)
and scale factor 4 can be obtained by using the formula,*

*Hence, the co-ordinates of image square A’B’C’D’ are A’(4, 8),
B’(4, 4), C’(8, 4) and D’(8, 8). Drawing square ABCD and square A’B’C’D’ on the
same graph paper we get the figure as shown:*

**Enlargement With Centre At Any Point M(a, b) And Scale Factor k.**

The image of point P(x, y) under the enlargement
with centre at any point M(a, b) and scale factor k can be derived by the following
procedure.

__Step 1__: Draw a new co-ordinate
axes X_{1}MX_{1}’ and Y_{1}MY_{1}’ having
origin at M(a, b) and parallel to original axes.

__Step 2__: Find the co-ordinates of
P(x, y) according to new co-ordinates axes i.e. P_{1}’(x-a, y-b).

__Step 3__: Find the image of P(x-a,
y-b) under the enlargement with centre M(a, b) (origin of new axes) and scale
factor k, which is P_{1}’[k(x-a), k(y-b)],

__Step 4__: Change the co-ordinates of image P’ to the original co-ordinate
axes.

i.e. P’[k(x-a), k(y-b)]

Hence, the image of P(x, y) under the enlargement
with centre M(a, b) and scale factor k is given by P’[k(x-a)+a, k(y-b)+b], i.e.

*Example 4:** If Î”PQR with vertices P(-1, 2), Q(-1, -1) and R(1, 0) is enlarged
with centre of enlargement M(1, 1) and scale factor -2. Find the co-ordinates
of vertices of the image Î”PQR and draw Î”PQR and its image on the same graph
paper.*

*Solution:*

*As P(-1, 2), Q(-1, -1) and R(1, 0) are the vertices of Î”PQR, the
image of these vertices under the enlargement with centre M(1, 1) and scale
factor -2 by using formula,*

* *

*The vertices of image Î”P’Q’R’ under the given enlargement are
P’(5, -1), Q’(5, 5) and R’(1, 3). Drawing Î”PQR and Î”P’Q’R’ on the same graph
paper, we have the below figure.*

*Example 5:** If A(-1, -1), B(0, -3) and C(2, 0) are the vertices of Î”ABC and
Î”A’B’C’ is the image of Î”ABC under the enlargement where A’(0, 2), B’(2, -2)
and C’(6, 4). Find the centre and scale factor of this enlargement.*

*Solution:*

*As we have the co-ordinates of Î”ABC and its image Î”A’B’C’ under
the enlargement, we can find the centre and the scale factor of enlargement by
drawing.*

__Step 1__*:** Draw Î”ABC and Î”A’B’C’ with the help of the given co-ordinates.*

__Step 2__*:** Join AA’ and BB’ (or CC’) and produce them to meet each other
at M.*

__Step 3__*:** Co-ordinates of centre M is (-2, -4) and scale factor *

*Hence, the required centre of enlargement is (-2, -4) and scale
factor k = 2.*

* *

**Alternative Method:**

**Alternative Method:**

*Let (a, b) be the centre and k be the scale factor of enlargement E. Under the enlargement,*

*But, the vertices of image A’B’C’ are A’(0, 2), B’(2, 2) and
C’(6, 4)*

*So, k(-1-a)+a = 0 ……………
(i)*

* k(0-a)+a = 2 …………….
(ii)*

* k(2-a)+a = 6 …………….
(iii)*

*and, k(-1-b)+b = 2 …………..
(iv)*

* k(-3-b)+b = 2 …………..
(v)*

* k(0-b)+b = 4 ……………
(vi)*

*Subtracting (i) from (ii), we get*

* K = 2*

*Putting the value of k = 2 in (i)*

* 2(-1-a)+a = 0*

*or, -2-2a+a = 0*

*or, a = -2*

*Putting the value of k in (iv)*

* 2(-1-b)+b = 2*

*or, -2-2b+b = 2*

*or, b = -4*

*Hence, the centre of enlargement is (-2, -4) and scale factor 2.*

*If you have
any questions or problems you can ask in the comments section below.*

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