Let T be a linear operator on a vector space V over the field F, and let g(t) be a p;olynomail with coefficients from F. Prove that if x is an eigecvector of T with corresponding eiogenvalue λ then g(T)x= g(λ)x.

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- Apr 18th 2007, 10:10 AMruproteineigenvalue/eigenvector question
Let T be a linear operator on a vector space V over the field F, and let g(t) be a p;olynomail with coefficients from F. Prove that if x is an eigecvector of T with corresponding eiogenvalue λ then g(T)x= g(λ)x.

Prove... - Apr 18th 2007, 10:58 AMCaptainBlack
I'm note sure this needs proof.

Let g(t)=sum_{i=0,..n}} f_i t^i, then

g(T)x = sum_{i=0,..n}} f_i T^i x

but T^i x= lambda^i x as x is an eigen vector corresponding to eigen value lambda, so:

g(T)x = sum_{i=0,..n}} f_i lambda^i x =g(lambda) x

(that T^i x= lambda^i x can be proven by induction if it is not blindingly

obvious to you :) )

RonL