Ever noticed, that some things are Symmetric? For example, the letters H, A, M, all look the same left and right. The letters B, C, D are the same along a horizontal line. The letter X is symmetric both horizontally and vertically. A perfectly round O is shows symmetry around its centre.
Symmetry plays a central role in the analysis of the structure, bonding, and spectroscopy of molecules. For two objects to be symmetrical, they must be of the same size and shape, with one object having a different orientation from the first. Let’s study more in the topics below.
FAQ on Symmetry
Question- What is symmetry in math?
Answer- In math, symmetry refers to one shape becoming exactly like the other when we move it in some manner like turning it or flipping it. In order to two objects becoming symmetrical, they should be of the same size and shape with one of them having a different orientation from the other.
Question- What is reflection symmetry in maths?
Answer- We also refer to reflection symmetry as bilateral, line symmetry or mirror symmetry. It takes place when we draw a line to divide a shape into halves so that each half becomes a reflection of the other. Like, some shapes or things like circles, squares and triangles have one or more lines of symmetry.
Question- What are the types of Line of Symmetry?
Answer- Lines of symmetry may be of two types- Vertical Line of Symmetry and Horizontal Line of Symmetry.
Question- Why is symmetry important in math?
Answer- Symmetry makes up for an essential part of geometry, nature and shapes. It forms patterns that help in organizing our world conceptually. Moreover, many teachers believe that junior grade students must make use of symmetry to analyse mathematical situations.