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Flip vs. Rotate

  1. Jul 28, 2014 #1
    Hello,

    Is spinning an object 360º horizontally a flip or a rotation? This is not homework, this is work work.

    -Chris
     
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  3. Jul 28, 2014 #2

    phinds

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    Well, flip means to turn over and rotate means to turn around, which you could have found in any online dictionary, so which do you think?
     
  4. Jul 28, 2014 #3
    Objectively, I don't think there is much of a difference.
    Subjectively, if the operation exchanges left for right but not up for down, I'd call it a flip.
    Pedantically, either operation executed to 360 degrees would result in no change whatsoever.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2014 #4

    Nathanael

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    At the end of the day, you define what is left/right and what is up/down.
    (If I'm standing and spin, you'd call it a rotation, but if I lay down and roll (same thing but now I'm sideways) would you now call it a flip?)

    So this is ultimately a subjective matter (I don't think there's a technical difference)

    I agree
     
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