By Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

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Let Γ SO(2) be a finite subgroup. Then Γ is cyclic with a generator of the form (A | 0) for some matrix A= cos 2π/d − sin 2π/d sin 2π/d cos 2π/d where d = 1, 2, . .. Proof. We won’t prove this here, but note that proofs can be found in many books or in 3H Algebra. The element (A | 0) ∈ Γ can be chosen so that cos θ − sin θ , sin θ cos θ A= where the angle θ ∈ [0, 2π) is as small as possible. Since Γ is a finite group, every element has finite order, and so θ = 2kπ/d for some d = 1, 2, . . and k = 0, 1, .

Let u and v be any two non-zero vectors. Then Transv is similar to Transu . Solution. Let δ = |v|/|u|. If the angle between u and v is θ, then v = δ RotO,θ (u). Now consider the similarity transformation obtained by composing a rotation with a dilation, H = δ RotO,θ , and with inverse H −1 = (1/δ) RotO,−θ . Then we have H ◦ Transu ◦H −1 (x) = H(u + (1/δ) RotO,−θ x) = δ RotO,θ (u + (1/δ) RotO,−θ x) = δ RotO,θ (u) + δ RotO,θ ((1/δ) RotO,−θ x) = v + RotO,θ ◦ RotO,−θ (x) = v + x = Transv (x). This show that Transv = H ◦ Transu ◦H −1 , so Transv is similar to Transu .

4. Find implicit and parametric equations for the plane P containing the points with position vectors p = (1, 0, 1), q = (1, 1, 1) and r = (0, 1, 0). Solution. Let us begin with a parametric equation. Notice that the vectors u = q − p = (0, 1, 0), v = r − p = (−1, 1, −1) are parallel to P and linearly independent since neither is a scalar multiple of the other. Thus a parametric equation is x = s(0, 1, 0) + t(−1, 1, −1) + (1, 0, 1) = (1 − t, s + t, 1 − t) (s, t ∈ R). To obtain an implicit equation we need a vector normal to P.

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