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Can you calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors for rotation matrices the same way you would for a regular matrix?
If not, what has to be done differently?
If not, what has to be done differently?
chiro said:The determinant of a rotation matrix should always be 1 (since it preserves length) so there should always be eigenvalues and eigenvectors that can be calculated given a rotation matrix.
Deveno said:the characteristic polynomial of:
[tex]\begin{bmatrix}\cos\theta&-\sin\theta\\ \sin\theta&\cos\theta\end{bmatrix}[/tex]
is:
[tex]x^2 - (2\cos\theta)x + 1[/tex]
Deveno said:the characteristic polynomial of:
[tex]\begin{bmatrix}\cos\theta&-\sin\theta\\ \sin\theta&\cos\theta\end{bmatrix}[/tex]
is:
[tex]x^2 - (2\cos\theta)x + 1[/tex]
which has real solutions only when:
[tex]4\cos^2\theta - 4 \geq 0 \implies \cos\theta = \pm 1[/tex]
for angles that aren't integer multiples of pi, this will lead to complex eigenvalues.
A rotation matrix is a specialized type of matrix that is used to represent rotations in space. It is a square matrix with a special structure that allows for easy representation of rotation transformations. On the other hand, a regular matrix is a generic matrix that can represent any linear transformation, not just rotations.
A rotation matrix is always a square matrix, meaning it has an equal number of rows and columns. This is because rotations preserve the dimensions of objects in space. In contrast, a regular matrix can have any number of rows and columns, depending on the transformation it represents.
Yes, a regular matrix can be used to represent a rotation. However, it would require a larger matrix with more parameters compared to a rotation matrix, which has only 9 parameters. This is because a regular matrix has to account for all possible linear transformations, while a rotation matrix is specifically designed for rotations.
The main advantage of using a rotation matrix is that it simplifies the representation of rotations in space. It is also more efficient computationally since it has fewer parameters compared to a regular matrix. Additionally, rotation matrices have special properties that make them useful for other applications, such as 3D graphics and robotics.
Yes, it is possible to convert a regular matrix into a rotation matrix, but it may not always be a straightforward process. Depending on the specific transformation represented by the regular matrix, it may require some mathematical operations, such as finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors, to convert it into a rotation matrix.