Two earlier posts provide background information for this one: Function Translations and Function Dilations. If you are not already familiar with these topics, you may benefit from reading those first.

Given two points on a curve and their corresponding points after transformation, how does one determine the underlying transformations? Since two dilations and two translations may be taking place, it can be complex to try to separate the effects of dilation from those of translation.

As an example, consider the two curves above. The green curve is the graph of

and the red curve is a transformation of the green one. Two points are labeled on the green curve:

and their corresponding transformed points are labeled on the red curve: Continue reading Using Corresponding Points to Determine Dilation Factors and Translation Amounts