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Fernando Revilla

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MHB Math Helper
Jan 29, 2012
661
Here is the question:

The matrix A = [{-7,3},{0,-4}] has eigenvalues -4 and -7. What are the associated eigenvectors with -7. I figured out that -4 is with (1,1) but i cant figure out -7
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I have posted a link there to this topic so the OP can find my response.
 

jakncoke

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Jan 11, 2013
68
$\begin{bmatrix} -7 & 3 \\ 0 & -4 \end{bmatrix} * x = \begin{bmatrix}7x \\ 7 y\end{bmatrix}$

or

-7x + 3y = -7x or 3y = 0, or y = 0


so vectors of the form , $\begin{bmatrix} x \\ 0 \end{bmatrix} $
with $x \not = 0 $
(Sorry fernando if i hijacked this, i know how much you love answering these but ive had 6 cups of coffee and i need to do something from going crazy)
 

Fernando Revilla

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MHB Math Helper
Jan 29, 2012
661
$\begin{bmatrix} x \\ 0 \end{bmatrix} $
Certainly, by definition, $ \begin{bmatrix}{x}\\y\end{bmatrix}\neq \begin{bmatrix}{0}\\0\end{bmatrix}$ is an eigenvector of $A$ associated to $\lambda=-7$ if and only if:

$\begin{bmatrix}{-7}&{\;\;3}\\{\;\;0}&{-4}\end{bmatrix}\begin{bmatrix}{x}\\y\end{bmatrix}=(-7)\begin{bmatrix}{x}\\y\end{bmatrix}$

You'll easily get the system $\{y=0$ so, all the eigenvalues associated to $\lambda=-7$ are

$\begin{bmatrix}{\alpha}\\0\end{bmatrix}$ with $\alpha\neq 0$.
 

jakncoke

Active member
Jan 11, 2013
68
Certainly, by definition, $ \begin{bmatrix}{x}\\y\end{bmatrix}\neq \begin{bmatrix}{0}\\0\end{bmatrix}$ is an eigenvector of $A$ associated to $\lambda=-7$ if and only if:
$\begin{bmatrix}{-7}&{\;\;3}\\{\;\;0}&{-4}\end{bmatrix}\begin{bmatrix}{x}\\y\end{bmatrix}=(-7)\begin{bmatrix}{x}\\y\end{bmatrix}$.

You'll easily get the system $\{y=0$ so, all the eigenvalues associated to $\lambda=-7$ are

$\begin{bmatrix}{\alpha}\\0\end{bmatrix}$ with $\alpha\neq 0$.
yes sir, i fixed it. you are absolutely right.