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    Finding the eigenvalue given matrix A and an eigenvector?

    The problem is attached. I got eigenvalues lambda1 = -1, lambda2 = -3, and lambda3 = -5. My textbook says the answer to this problem is lambda3 = -5. But when I try to plug in that eigenvalue myself I don't get the corresponding eigenvector given in the problem! I hope someone can assist me.
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    Re: Finding the eigenvalue given matrix A and an eigenvector?

    I'm not sure what you mean...did you mean to say that when you're finding an eigenvector by solving (A+5I)x=0, you didn't get the vector v=[3,-2,1]? That's all right, because there are actually an infinite amount of eigenvectors, and they are precisely the set \{cv|c\in \mathbb{R}\} where v=[3,-2,1]. So as long as you got a multiple of v, you're fine.

    But judging from the question, all you had to do was left multiply your vector v by the matrix A and verify that Av=[-15,10,-5]=-5[3,-2,1]=-5v.
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    Re: Finding the eigenvalue given matrix A and an eigenvector?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gusbob View Post
    But judging from the question, all you had to do was left multiply your vector v by the matrix A and verify that Av=[-15,10,-5]=-5[3,-2,1]=-5v.
    By jove that is right! Thank you Gus!
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