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Symmetrical pictures in maths or any symmetry art of an object imply symmetry if it can be divided into two similar pieces. When any given object has a symmetry, we call it a simple symmetrical design or just symmetrical. On the other hand, if an object does not have symmetry, then that object is termed asymmetrical. The concept of symmetry is most commonly found in geometry. The following image looks exactly the same from both the sides and can be divided into identical halves and this is a symmetric drawing.

The line of symmetry is a line that splits an object into two equal halves or identical pieces. This line of symmetry is also known as the axis of symmetry.

Here, we have a heart and we can easily fold it into two equal halves.

If we fold this given figure in half along its line of symmetry, we will observe that both the halves match each other exactly.

The following image illustrates symmetrical drawing.

Depending upon the above examples, we get the following observations:

The sides of the image divided by the line of symmetry, should look the same.

If we fold the paper (on which image has been drawn) along the line of symmetry, each section of the image will totally overlap the other part.

The above observations will also enable us to determine the line of symmetry in any shape.

Now it's time to explore the symmetrical images when they are cut differently:

The line of symmetry will be vertical if it cuts the shape from top to bottom and vice-versa.

The line of symmetry will be horizontal if it cuts the shape from left to right and vice-versa.

Sometimes, we can divide a shape across the corners in order to form two identical halves. In such a case, the line of symmetry will be diagonal.

Some symmetrical shapes contain a single line of symmetry while others have more than one. Take the example of this triangle below, it has only one line of symmetry. Now, if you try to split it into any other way, the parts will be asymmetrical.

However, in comparison to the above image of a triangle, the one shown below contains 3 lines of symmetry.

Reflection of mountains in a lake.

Reflection of trees in clear water.

Wings of most butterflies are similar on the right and left sides.

Some human faces are identical on the right and left side.

Some men also have a symmetrical moustache.

Some symmetrical shapes contain a single line of symmetry while others have more than one. Take the example of this triangle below, it has only one line of symmetry. Now, if you try to split it into any other way, the parts will be asymmetrical.

Example:

Which of the following images have a line of symmetry and those that are not a line of symmetry?

Solution:

Figure (a) (c) and (d) have a line of symmetry but (b) and (e) does not have a line of symmetry.

Example: Determine if the given butterfly is a symmetrical art?

Solution:

If you see the butterfly does not look the same from the right and left sides. Thus, when we divide the figure, it will not split the shape into identical halves and thus asymmetrical.

Symmetry is everywhere, in almost all plants, animals, and even humans

A kaleidoscope has mirrors inside it which generate images having multiple lines of symmetry.

The angle between the mirrors of a kaleidoscope discerns the number of lines of symmetry.

Decorative art like rangolis or kolams are several symmetrical objects we encounter in our daily life

The striking facet of symmetric drawing can be observed in rangoli designs that are famous all around India for their unique and symmetrical art n patterns.

These designs exhibit the colourful science of symmetry.

All regular polygons are symmetrical in shape. The number of lines of symmetry of these polygons is the same as the number of its sides.

An object and its image are symmetrical with respect to its mirror line.

If a figure consists of rotational symmetry of 180 degrees, then it has a point symmetry.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is Reflection Symmetry?

Answer: When one half of a figure or an object is exactly similar to the other half of the object, it is said to have reflection symmetry. It can be noticed from the object that the two halves are reflections of each other. An example of reflection symmetry is some human faces that are identical on both sides. Reflection of mountains in sunlight is also an example of reflection symmetry.

2. What is Rotational Symmetry?

Answer: Rotational Symmetry can be clearly understood with this image below. This star figure has 6 lines of symmetry that meet at a centre point.

We can also rotate the star image about the centre point. If you rotate or turn the star image about its centre point, it will still look the same from all directions.

Other examples of rotational symmetry in real life include the famous London Eye or ferris wheel. Moreover, you can also find many objects in daily life that have rotational symmetry like wheels, windmills, ceiling fans, road-signs, pentagon rotator and so on.

3. What is Point Symmetry?

Answer: An object has point symmetry if every part of the object consists of a matching part. If an object appears similar when you turn it upside down, then it is said to have point symmetry. That being said, many letters of the English alphabet contain point symmetry. The point O of the English alphabet is the central point and the matching parts are in opposite directions.