Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH221/April 2009/Question 07 (b)
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Question 07 (b) 

Let be the reflection across the line , and let A be the standard matrix of this linear transformation. Find the matrix A. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. From part (a), we know that 1 is an eigenvalue of A with eigenvector , and 1 is an eigenvalue of A with eigenvector . If we form the matrix whose columns are the eigenvectors, with corresponding diagonal matrix , we know that the matrix A decomposes via the standard matrix diagonalization
Upon computing , we multiply the three matrices together to find A:
As a quick check of our work, we should verify that indeed and 