Scale Factor

Pronunciation: /skeɪl ˈfæk tər/ Explain

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Manipulative 1: Scale factor.

A scale factor is the ratio of any two corresponding lengths in two similar geometric figures.

In manipulative 1, click on the point on the black slider and drag it to change the scale factor. Click on the blue point on the square and drag it to change the size of the square.


  1. scale factor. Encyclopedia Britannica. Merriam-Webster. Last Accessed 8/15/2010. factor.

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McAdams, David E. Scale Factor. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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