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**monster** I'm having trouble solving this system of de's using eigenvalues and eigenvectors,

$\displaystyle

\frac{dx}{dt} = x - 4y

$

$\displaystyle

\frac{dy}{dt} = x + y

$

where the initial conditions are; x(0)=3 and y(0)=-4

I went through to calculate the eigenvalues and vectors to be;

$\displaystyle

\lambda_1 = 1 + 2i

$

$\displaystyle

\lambda_2 = 1-2i

$

and v1 = [1 , -i/2]

hence v2 = [1 , i/2]

Using this the general solution should be ?

__x__(t) = C1 . [1 , -i/2] $\displaystyle e^{(1+2i)t}$ + C2 . [1 , i/2]$\displaystyle e^{(1-2i)t}$

where C1 & c2 are complex constants.

have i done this right so far?

To get the actual solution with the initial conditions i'm a bit confused can anyone help me here?

Many thanks.