def.: is the collection of lineair orthogonal transformations of , the elements are matrices.

I want to show that two element of are conjugated if and only if they have the same trace.

(Hint: Maby you want to use: if )

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- Sep 30th 2010, 06:01 AMbram kierkelsConjugation of matrices.
def.: is the collection of lineair orthogonal transformations of , the elements are matrices.

I want to show that two element of are conjugated if and only if they have the same trace.

(Hint: Maby you want to use: if ) - Sep 30th 2010, 07:14 AMHallsofIvy
Okay, what is the definition of "conjugate matrices"?

- Sep 30th 2010, 08:22 AMSwlabr
- Oct 2nd 2010, 03:47 AMbram kierkels
- Oct 2nd 2010, 06:23 AMtonio

No. Two square matrices are conjugate if there exists SOME invertible matrix s.t.

One direction of your problem is almost trivial: ANY two conjugate matrices, whether orthogonal or not, have the same trace (and the same determinant, and the same eigenvalues...).

The other direction looks highly suspicious to me, but I cannot prove it isn't true.

Tonio - Oct 2nd 2010, 11:25 AMBruno J.
Using the hint : by an appropriate conjugation, you can put any in the form by an appropriate base change... and in fact we can also suppose . (What this means is essentially that a rotation of three-dimensional Euclidean space is always a rotation around an axis; the axis is fixed, and its orthogonal complement is rotated like a plane. So two rotations are conjugate only if the angles of rotation are equal up to a sign.)

Can you take it from there?

Another way might be to use the isomorphism , and the fact that two Möbius transformations are conjugate if and only if they have the same multiplier. But that's more complicated.