# Symmetry

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**together**+ metron**measure**]## Reflection Symmetry

The simplest symmetry is Reflection Symmetry (sometimes called *Line Symmetry* or *Mirror Symmetry*). It is easy to see, because one half is the reflection of the other half.

Here my dog "Flame" has her face The white line down the center is the |

The reflection in this lake also has symmetry, but in this case:

- the
**Line of Symmetry**runs left-to-right - it is not perfect symmetry, as the image is changed a little by the lake surface.

The Line of Symmetry can be in any direction (not just up-down or left-right). To learn more, go to Reflection Symmetry.

## Rotational Symmetry

With Rotational Symmetry, the image is rotated (around a central point) so that it appears 2 or more times. How many times it appears is called the **Order**.

Here are some examples (they were made using Symmetry Artist, and you can try it yourself!)

Order | Example Shape | Artwork |
---|---|---|

... and there is Order 4, 5, etc ... |

## Point Symmetry

Point Symmetry is when every part has a matching part:

- the
**same distance**from the central point - but in the
**opposite direction.**

*It is also the same as "Rotational Symmetry of Order 2"* above

## Art

Symmetry is often in art, for example Rangoli is a type of art common in India: