Anthony,
It is not clear what you want. If you add the same number to each x coordinate, and another number to each ycoordinate you simply translate the original figure  it retains its original size, shape, and orientation.
If you want to add different numbers to different ycoordinates, you distort the figure in an unpredictable way.
If you want to change the size of the figure you should multiply the x coordinate by a number b and the y coordinate by a number c. This stretches the figure out and increases (or decreases) the area by the factor bc. To maintain the shape of the figure, just let b = c.
Chris
To clarify my previous question...I am creating a computer program that will resize any polygon shape in a picture box, which has all positive X,Y coordinates beginning with (0,0).
When I resize the shape by multiplying the X,Y coordinate by the same number (ie., X * 1.25 and Y * 1.25), the shape enlarges but the center point has moved, thus moving the shape.
I need to enlarge or shrink the length or width of the shape while maintaining the same center point for the shape. For example:
Original Shape 
Reduced Length 
Reduced Width 
The two factors that I have to work with are the center point of the shape
xCenter = (the highest X value of the shape + the lowest X value of the shape) / 2,
yCenter = (the highest Y value of the shape + the lowest Y value of the shape) / 2
and each (X,Y) coordinate for each vertex of the shape.
I have recently been looking at ellipses, but I am currently stuck on determining the minor axis for the ellipse from the data I currently have.
Would the equation for an ellipse work for this, or is there another approach that I am not seeing?
Thank you,
Anthony,
Suppose that the center has coordinates (c,d), s is the scaling factor in the x direction and t is the scaling factor in the y direction. For any point P with coordinates (x,y) you want to transform P by
x is transformed to s(x  c) + c
y is transformed to
t(y  d) + d
Chris
