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    Some problem on eigenvalues,eigenvectors and diagonalizability

    I'm preparing final exam on linear algebra and come across with these problem:

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    Let A be an n*n matrix.Assume that for some k>=1, A^k=/=0 and A^kA=0.
    a)Find all the eigenvalues of A.
    b)Prove that A is not diagonalizable.
    c)Prove that k<n
    d)If k=n-1,find the dimension of null A

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    Let A be an n*n matrix and a=/=b be two real numbers.Assume that
    (A-aI)(A-bI)=0
    Prove that A is diagonalizable.

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    Let k>=2 and X_1,X_2,...,X_n be eigenvectors correspond to distinct eigenvalues n_1,n_2,...,n_k of an n*n matrix A.
    Prove that X_1+X_2+...+X_k is not an eigenvector of A.

    For #3,
    Suppose on the contrary, X_1+X_2+...+X_k is an eigenvector of A
    Then there exists a number n such that
                    A(X_1+X_2+...+X_k)=n(X_1+X_2+...+X_k)
    =>          AX_1+AX_2+...+AX_n=n(X_1+X_2+...+X_k)
    => n_1X_1+n_2X_2+...+n_kX_k=n(X_1+X_2+...+X_k)

    =>(n_1-n)X1+(n_2-n)X2+...+(n_k-n)X_k=0

    Since eigenvectors are lin. ind.
    therefore, (n_1-n)=(n_2-n)=...=(n_k-n)=0 => n_1=n_2=...=n_k=n
    Contradict to n_1,n_2,...,n_kare distinct.

    Is it right ?
    Last edited by maoro; November 30th 2011 at 09:05 AM.
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    Re: Some problem on eigenvalues,eigenvectors and diagonalizability

    Quote Originally Posted by maoro View Post
    Let A be an n*n matrix.Assume that for some k>=1, A^k=/=0 and A^kA=0.
    a)Find all the eigenvalues of A.
    If \lanbda is an eigenvalue of A there exists 0\neq x\in\mathbb{R}^n such that Ax=\lambda x . Then, 0=A^{k+1}x=\ldots=\lambda^{k+1}x\;(x\neq 0) which implies \lambda=0

    b)Prove that A is not diagonalizable.
    A^{k+1}=0\Rightarrow (\det A)^{k+1}=0\Rightarrow \det A=0\Rightarrow \textrm{rank}A<n etc ...

    Try the rest of problem #1

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    Re: Some problem on eigenvalues,eigenvectors and diagonalizability

    Quote Originally Posted by maoro View Post
    #2Let A be an n*n matrix and a=/=b be two real numbers.Assume that (A-aI)(A-bI)=0 Prove that A is diagonalizable.
    One way: p(x)=(x-a)(x-b) is an annihilator polynomial of A so the possible minimal polynomials of A are \mu(x)=x-a , \mu(x)=x-b or \mu(x)=(x-a)(x-b) . In all cases, the blocks of the canonical form of A have dimension 1, so A is diagonalizable.

    P.S. Comment us if you have not covered Jordan canonical forms.
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    Re: Some problem on eigenvalues,eigenvectors and diagonalizability

    Sorry for posting too many questions on a single thread.

    btw, I have not covered Jordan canonical forms and so is there any alternative approach for #2 ?
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    Re: Some problem on eigenvalues,eigenvectors and diagonalizability

    Quote Originally Posted by maoro View Post
    is there any alternative approach for #2 ?
    Yes, there is. Hint : Consider F_1=\textrm{Im}(A-aI),\;F_2=\textrm{Im}(A-bI) . Prove that F_1\subset \ker (A-bI) , F_2\subset \ker (A-aI) and \mathbb{R}^n=F_1\oplus F_2 .
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