Function Transformation

Functions and Transformations

A function f from domain X to domain Y is represented as f: X → Y. A function is defined as a map that maps each element in the domain to exactly one element in the codomain. Euler was the first to use modern representation f(x)( read “ f of x) to determine the value return by a function given by an argument x. Suppose the function f maps x ∊ Y to y Y. Then we can express it as y = f(x).

Here, we will look at some of the important concerts related to function and transformation of functions.  Most probably, you must have encountered each of their terms earlier, but here we will merge the concepts together.


Transformation of Function

In Mathematics, a transformation of a function is a function that turns one function or graph into another, usually related function or graph. For example, translating a quadratic graph (parabola) will move the axis of symmetry and vertex but the overall shape of the parabola stays the same. 

There are four types of transformation namely rotation, reflection, dilation, and translation In this article, we will discuss how to do transformation of a function, function graph transformation, and how to graph transformation function. 


Transformation Statement Function

In Mathematics, transformation statement function is a function f that maps set A to itself i.e. f : A→A. Transformation in other areas of Mathematics simply refers to any function, regardless of domain and codomain.

Transformation can be an invertible function from set A to itself, or from set A to another set B. The alternatives of the term transformation may simply imply that the geometric features of functions are considered ( for example in terms to variants). 


Types of Transformation

The four types of transformation of function are :

Rotation Transformation - Rotation Transformation rotates or turns the curve around an axis without changing the size and shape of an object. 

Reflection Transformation - Reflection Transformation flips the object across a line by keeping it size or shape constant.

Dilation Transformation - Dilation transformation enlarges or shortens the object by keeping its shape or orientation the same. This is known as resizing.

Translation Transformation - Translation transformation slides or moves the object in the space by keeping its size and orientation the same. 


Function Graph Transformation

Function graph transformation is a process through which a graphed equation or existing graph is modified to obtain the variation of the preceding graph. Function graph transformation is an usual kind of problem in algebra, specifically the modification of algebraic equations. 

Sometimes graphs are stretched, rotated, translated, or moved about the xy plane. Many issues arise in the form of stretching the function f(x) by c units, shifting the function f(x) by c units, or rotating the function f(x) by x units about x- axis,y- axis, or z-axis.  In each of these situations, transformation affects the basic function in certain ways that can be calculated


How to Graph Transformation?

Function transformations are mathematical operations that cause change in the shape of a graph. When a graph of a function is changed in appearance or location, we call it a transformation. Here, we will discuss how to graph transformations.


Vertical Transformation

The first transformation is vertical transformation. This type of transformation shifts the graph up or down relative to the parent graph. The graph will shift up if we add positive constant to each y- coordinate whereas the graph will shift down if we add negative constant. 


Horizontal Transformation

This type of transformation shifts the left or right relative to the parent graph. This takes place when we add or subtract coordinates from the x- axis before the function is applied. 


Reflection

A reflection is a transformation in which a mirror image is obtained about an x-axis. The graph of a function is reflected about the x-axis if each coordinate of y-axis is multiplied by -1 whereas the graph of a function is reflected about the y-axis if each coordinate of x-axis is multiplied by -1 proper applying the function. 


Dilation

Functions that are multiplied by a real number apart from 1, depending upon the real number, appear to vertically or horizontally stretch. This form of non rigid transformation is known as dilation.


How to Do Transformations of Functions?

Here are the rules on how to do transformation of function that can be used to graph a function.


Quadratic Function Transformation

Transformation rules can be applied to graphs of function.

Here is the graph of function that represents the transformation of reflection.

The red curve represents the graph of function f(x) = .

The transformation g(x) = -is completed and it obtains the reflection of f(x)about the x - axis.


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Now lets us learn the transformation of translation

The red curve represents the graph of function f(x) = .

The quadratic function transformation  f(x) = (x + 2)² will shift the parabola 2 steps to the right side.


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Now lets us learn the transformation of rotation

  • To rotate the graph 90º:  (x, y) (-y, x)

  • To rotate the graph 180º:  (x, y) (-x, -y)

  • To rotate the graph 270º:  (x, y) (y, -x)

Here, we can observe that the preimage is rotated to 180º.


Function Graph Transformation Rules

Here are some rules to transform the given graph of function.

  • f(x + a)horizontally shift the graph of f(x)left by a units

  • f(x - a)horizontally shift the graph of f(x) right by a units

  • f(x)+ a vertically shift the graph of f(x) upward by a units

  • f(x)- a vertically shift the graph of f(x) downwards by a units

  • af(x) vertically stretches the graph of f(x) by a factor of a units

  • 1a f(x) vertically shrink the graph of f(x) by a factor of a units

  • f(ax) horizontally shrink the graph of f(x) by a factor of a units

  • fxa horizontally stretch the graph of f(x)by a factor of a units

  • -f(x)represents the reflection of the graph of f(x) over  the x axis.

  • f(-x)represents the reflection of the graph of f(x) over the y axis

Transformation of Function Examples

Here are a few transformation of function examples to make you understand the concepts better.

1. What Does the Transformation Given Below Do to the Graph?

  • f(x)f(x)- 2

  • f(x)f(x - 2)

Solution:

f(x)f(x)- 2

The y- coordinates encounter the change by 2 units.

Hence, the transformation here is translation 2 units down.

f(x)f(x - 2)

The x- coordinates encounter the change by 2 units.

Hence, the transformation here is translation 2 units right.

2. If We Have the Graph of y = x², then How Will the Graph of y = x² - 6x + 9 Be Obtained?

Solution:

Let f(x) = x²

Completing the square on y = x² - 3x + 9 , we get (x - 3)² + 6. We identify this as f(x - 2)+ 3.

Therefore, to obtain the graph of y = x² - 3x + 9, we need to shift it to the right by 3 and then shift it up by 6.

3. How is the Graph of y= (x - 4)- 5 Related to the Graph of y = f(x)?

Solution:

When the graph of y =  f(x)is moved right by 4 units, we get y =  f(x - 4)

When the graph of y =  f(x - 4)is moved down by 5 units, we get y= (x - 4)- 5 .

Hence, the graph of y= (x - 4)- 5 is located 4 units right, 5 units down of the graph of y = f(x). Hence, the point (x, y) moves to ( x + 4, y - 5).

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Transformation of Functions?

Ans: Transformation of functions means to transform the function from one form to another.

Transformation of function is a way to change the formula of a function slightly and exploiting the graph.

2. How to Find the Transformation of Function?

Ans: To find the transformation of function, we need to follow the rules of the different transformation of function.

For example: f ( x + a) horizontally shifts the graph of f(x) left by ‘a’ units.

3. What are the Different Types of Transformation of Function?

Ans: The different types of transformation of functions are rotation, reflection, dilation, and translation.