# Thread: diagonalization-help

1. ## diagonalization-help

Hi,here is the question that I am having trouble with.thanks.
Show that the matrix(0 1;0 0) is not diagonalizable..
semicolon represents row

2. ## Re: diagonalization-help

Hey n22.

Hint: Consider the determinant of the matrix. How does this relate to the conditional of being diagonalizable?

3. ## Re: diagonalization-help

Hi n22,
Perhaps I'm just being dense, but I don't see how Chiro's hint helps. Here's a solution:

4. ## Re: diagonalization-help

I need to learn to read all posts in a thread! I spent some time writing out a proof then realized that Johng had already given exactly that proof!

I am not sure what Chiro's point is. Obviously the determinant is 0 but that alone does not prevent the matrix being diagonalizable. It does mean that 0 is an eigenvalue. If the other eigenvalue is NOT 0, the matrix is diagonalizable. If both eigenvalues are 0, the matrix still might be "diagonalizable" but, in fact, the matrix in that case would have to be the 0 matrix.

5. ## Re: diagonalization-help

Correct me if I'm wrong but the inverse of a matrix A contains a factor $\displaystyle \frac{1}{|A|}$. So if |A| = 0 that means that the matrix does not have an inverse. I believe that is what chiro was referring to.

-Dan

6. ## Re: diagonalization-help

I was actually thinking about the rank of the diagonal matrix in the diagonalization decomposition with regards to its eigen-values, but I don't think this was actually a useful hint after all.

7. ## Re: diagonalization-help

Originally Posted by topsquark
Correct me if I'm wrong but the inverse of a matrix A contains a factor $\displaystyle \frac{1}{|A|}$. So if |A| = 0 that means that the matrix does not have an inverse. I believe that is what chiro was referring to.

-Dan
Originally Posted by chiro
I was actually thinking about the rank of the diagonal matrix in the diagonalization decomposition with regards to its eigen-values, but I don't think this was actually a useful hint after all.
I uh....I"m waaaay out in left field again, aren't I? (grumbles about half-*ssed Physics teachers trying to teach Physicists Math)

We don't need to know anything about |A| to diagonalize it, do we?

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8. ## Re: diagonalization-help

We can use |A| to assess the eigen-values (since the product of the eigen-values is equal to |A|) and from this, I was going to look at the results of a non full-rank (i.e. has at least one row of zeroes since the matrix is diagonal) and its effect on being able to diagonalize the matrix.

Also note that the diagonalization is a form of a rotation so if you aren't able to do the rotation, then you can also prove results regarding whether the diagonalization exists (with regards to whether the rotation provided by the eigen-vectors and eigen-values actually works).