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How to form the transformation matrix for this

  1. Aug 27, 2015 #1
    We were asked to form the transformation matrix that rotates the x1 axis of a rectangular coordinate system 60 degrees toward x2 and the x3 axis.
    The thing is, I don't understand what it meant by rotating one axis toward the two other. Like, do I rotate x1 60 degrees toward the x2-x3 plane or does it mean something else? I tried to rotate x1 to the x2-x3 plane but I can never be sure of the angle between x1' and x2, and x1' and x3. How do I find the angles?
     
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  3. Aug 27, 2015 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    There are infinitely many possible ways of rotating the ##x_1## axis by ##60^o## towards the ##x_2-x_3## plane. For example, you could fix ##x_2 = 0## and rotate the ##x_1## axis towards the ##x_3## axis, or fix ##x_3 = 0## and rotate ##x_1## towards ##x_2##, etc. In all these cases you would be rotating ##x_1## by ##60^o## towards the ##x_2-x_3## plane. In general, you could fix an arbitrary point ##p = (0,p_2,p_3)## in the ##x_2-x_3## plane, and rotate the ##x_1## axis towards ##p##.

    Basically, I don't know exactly what your question wants; perhaps they mean ##60^o ## towards ##x_2## and then ##60^o## towards ##x_3##, or maybe they mean two separate questions---one for an ##x_1 \to x_2## rotation and another for an ##x_1 \to x_3## rotation.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2015 #3
    Haha, that's exactly my problem. But thank you for answering. We've cleared it up with our teacher and she said it was supposed to be "around x3 axis," which makes the problem a lot easier.
     
  5. Aug 31, 2015 #4

    Mark44

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    Thread moved as it seems to be more of a general question than a specific homework problem.
     
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