# Thread: orthonomal basis

1. ## orthonomal basis

Let T be a linear transformation from R^2 to R^2. and T is represented by the matrix B=
[(1/5)^(1/2) -2(1/5)^(1/2)]
[2(1/5)^(1/2) (1/5)^(1/2)]
with respect to the stantard basis of R^2.

a) Is T isometry?
b) does R^2 have an orthonormal basis for eigenvectors of T?

i can do a) but need help on b). i dont really understand what it is asking. is it asking to find an orthonormal basis for eigen space of T?

2. Originally Posted by Kat-M
Let T be a linear transformation from R^2 to R^2. and T is represented by the matrix B=
[(1/5)^(1/2) -2(1/5)^(1/2)]
[2(1/5)^(1/2) (1/5)^(1/2)]
with respect to the stantard basis of R^2.

a) Is T isometry?
b) does R^2 have an orthonormal basis for eigenvectors of T?

i can do a) but need help on b). i dont really understand what it is asking. is it asking to find an orthonormal basis for eigen space of T?
It asks whether there's an orthonormal base for $\displaystyle \mathbb{R}^2$ made out of eigenvectors of $\displaystyle T$

What they want you to see is that, if you were working with complex numbers instead of real numbers, b) would hold -by the spectral theorem for Unitary Transformations-, but here it may not ( Try ! ).