# Thornton & Marion, Classical Dynamics, 5th Edition

## Chapter 1. Matrices, Vectors, and Vector Calculus

### Problem 03. Transformation Matrix

#### The problem asks you to

• find a transformation matrix that satisfying some conditions.

#### This problem gives (or assumes)

• This matrix rotates a rectangular coordinate through an angle of 120 degrees about an axis making equal angles with the original one.

1. Direction cosine $\lambda_{ij} = cos(x'_i, x_j)$
2. Transformation matrix

#### Solution We can see the relation between the rotated and the original coordinates system. This picture shows that $\vec{e_1}' = \vec{e_2}$ $\vec{e_2}' = \vec{e_3}$ $\vec{e_3}' = \vec{e_1}$

So, the transformation matrix is $\lambda = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} \lambda_{11} & \lambda_{12} & \lambda_{13} \\ \lambda_{21} & \lambda_{22} & \lambda_{23} \\ \lambda_{31} & \lambda_{32} & \lambda_{33} \\ \end{array} \right)$ $\lambda = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} \cos 90^\circ & \cos 0^\circ & \cos 90^\circ \\ \cos 90^\circ & \cos 90^\circ & \cos 0^\circ \\ \cos 0^\circ & \cos 90^\circ & \cos 90^\circ \\ \end{array} \right)$

Therefore, $\lambda = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 & 0 \\ \end{array} \right)$

#### Reference

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1599561/determining-the-transformation-matrix-r?newreg=f85754c5968d4b7fae383aabe7bfd2a5