linear operator and reflection

Morning all, I am having difficulties doing these two question so if you could be kind enough to offer me some help it would be greatly appreciated.

1,Prove that a linear operator on R^2 is a reflection iff it's eigenvalues are -1 and 1, and the eigenvectors associated with these eigenvalues are orthogonal.

2 Prove that a conjugate of a glide reflection in M is a glide reflection and prove that the glide vectors have the same length.

Thanks to all for any help you give.

Re: linear operator and reflection

ok, so I have worked out the first question but I still can't get the second one.

Thank you for any help.

Re: linear operator and reflection

Well I know how to do q1, so I will just make sure you have worked it out right.

Sorry, I can't help with q2 but I am sure someone will help you soon.

First, if is a reflection along the line , we can then let be a vector along this line and let be a vector in which is orthogonal to it. We can then say that form a basis for and and so the eigenvalues for are and . We can also say that for , the eigenvectors are and which are obviously orthogonal by construction.

You then need to show the converse, but that is easy enough.

Sorry again about not being able to help for q2.

Re: linear operator and reflection

Thanks shelford, yeah that's is pretty much how I did it so thanks.

But I am still unsure how to do question 2, so any help guys would be very nice.

Thanks

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**philistine** Thanks shelford, yeah that's is pretty much how I did it so thanks.

But I am still unsure how to do question 2, so any help guys would be very nice.

Thanks

Your welcome, I have thought about q2 but I can't get it.

Someone else will have an idea about it and help.