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Then rotate arc bc about axis b by angle β. This returns c to c thus showing that c is fixed under the composite rotation and must lie on the axis of rotation. In more formal terms, consider the reflections Ma , Mb , and Mc (using the polar triangle notation established in Appendix A). We know that reflections preserve lengths of vectors and therefore reflections map the unit sphere into itself. The relation between reflections and rotations provides Ra ( α ) = M c M b Rb ( β ) = M a M c and therefore Rb ( β)Ra (α) = Ma Mc Mc Mb = Ma Mb = R−c (2π − γ) = Rc ( γ ) It is instructive to use quaternions to calculate the composite rotation angle.

Inversion in the unit circle generalizes to inversion in any circle, say radius R and center a, and the mapping is InvR,a , InvR,a (z) = a + R2 z∗ − a∗ Inv also preserves circles and angles. Now consider a rotation composed of the reflections M a and Mb . The vectors a and b are poles of great circles, say Ca and Cb . St(Ca ) and St(Cb ) are circles in the complex plane and they intersect at points n+ and n− which are the stereographic images of the axis of rotation and are the fixed points of the induced transformation.

3 The Inertia Tensor Fig. 3 Scale definition for spacecraft with solar panels. 1 Let us calculate the inertia tensor for the spacecraft with solar panels illustrated in Fig. 3. We will consider the body to be a cylinder and the two panels to be rectangular hexahedra, all of uniform density and of the dimensions indicated in Fig. 3. Let the x-axis be the axis of the panel passing through the center of the b − −c face and the y-axis the symmetry axis of the cylinder. Choose the x-axis to be a principal axis for the cylinder.