# Prove that a rotation matrix preserves distance

1. Jun 21, 2013

### gottfried

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Prove that a rotation matrix in R3 preserves distance.

Such that if A is a 3*3 orthogonal rotation matrix then |A.v|=|v|.

I know one can prove this is in R2 by using a trig representation of a rotation matrix and then simplifying. Is there an analogue method in R3 or some other more elegant way. A hint/push in the right direction would be nice.

2. Jun 21, 2013

### HallsofIvy

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I am puzzled by the question. What, exactly, are you using as a definition of "rotation matrix". If it is the obvious- that it corresponds to a rotation- the fact that it does not change length follows immediately from the definition of "rotation".