# Show that every element on $O(\mathbb{R} ^2)$ is either a rotation or reflection

Where $O(\mathbb{R} ^2)$ is the orthogonal group of $\mathbb{R} ^2$ or;

The set of all linear maps $g: \mathbb{R} ^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R} ^2$ represented by an $n \times n$ matrix $M$ w.r.t. the standard basis of $\mathbb{R} ^2$ such that $M M^T$ is the identity matrix

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What is your definition of $O(\mathbb{R}^2)$? – Henry Swanson Dec 3 '13 at 20:49
That would be helpful, ill pop it into the question – Tom Dec 3 '13 at 20:55

Here is an idea : You need to first show that the orthogonal matrices in $\mathbb R^2$ are of the form either