I was shown a 2x2 matrix power formula, given here:
An=(λ2*λ1n-λ1*λ2n)/(λ2-λ1)*I + (λ2n-λ1n)/(λ2-λ1)*A
And I found that I quite liked it. I brought it up to my professor, and asked if something like this could be used on an exam, and he said that it could, if I could prove it. I can see that it likely has it's roots in the Cayley-Hamilton theorem, but I am curious as to how the two coefficients were worked out. I originally tried to solve it with the A=PDP-1 method, but quickly found myself drowning in long equations, and my abcd matrix was being represented with just a and b, leaving no c and d. (and thereby making it difficult/impossible to extract the A matrix)
Can anyone give me a hint? Thank you.