Does a rectangle have rotational symmetry?


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A rectangle possesses rotational symmetry because it can be rotated by half a turn and still have the appearance of the original. Some geometric figures do not have rotational symmetry, while others offer multiple possible rotations that resemble the original shape.

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The number of ways a shape can be rotated and yield a shape that exactly resembles the original shape is known as the order of rotational symmetry. A standard six-pointed snowflake shape has rotational symmetry of order six. A regular hexagon also features rotational symmetry of order six, as the shape may be rotated in 60-degree increments six times before undergoing a complete turn.

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