Or search by topic
This problem involves the algebra of matrices and various geometric concepts associated with vectors and matrices. As you consider each point, make use of geometric or algebraic arguments as appropriate. If there is no definitive answer to a given part, try to give examples of when the question posed is or is not true.
In the five questions below: $R, S$ are rotation matrices; $P, Q$ are reflection matrices; $M,N$ are neither rotations nor reflections. All of the matrices are 2D matrices.
What if the matrices are 3D matrices?
There are more matrix problems in this feature.
This problem in geometry has been solved in no less than EIGHT ways by a pair of students. How would you solve it? How many of their solutions can you follow? How are they the same or different? Which do you like best?
Follow hints using a little coordinate geometry, plane geometry and trig to see how matrices are used to work on transformations of the plane.
Follow hints to investigate the matrix which gives a reflection of the plane in the line y=tanx. Show that the combination of two reflections in intersecting lines is a rotation.