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Scale Factor
Shrinking and expanding figures to maintain the original proportions of the shape involves understanding how to scale a figure. Besides considering how a scale factor changes the linear dimensions, these problems may also address how the perimeter or area are affected.

Related Resources
Interactive resources from our Math Tools project:
   Math 7: Ratio and Proportion
The closest match in our Ask Dr. Math archives:
   Middle School: Ratio and Proportion
NCTM Standards:
   Number and Operations Standard for Grades 6-8

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