1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I have a matrix A [1 -1 -1 -1; -1 1 -1 -1; -1 -1 1 -1; -1 -1 -1 1], its characteristic polynomial p(t) = (t + 2)(t-2)3, and given value of lambda = 2. I need to find basis for eigenspace, and determine algebraic and geometric multiplicities of labmda. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution I did find the basis, and geometric multiplicity (the dimention of eigenspace).. but I cant figure out how to figure out algebraic multiplicity! I know the correct answer is 3, but why? i was trying to find simple explanation of alg. mult. on google, but the answer come up waay too tangled up for me to understand :-S EDIT: Is it because the characteristic polynomial is p(t) = (t + 2)(t-2)3 and since my lambda = 2, i need to take (t-2)3 (which is t-2=0 => t=2), and the power is the value of algebraic mult...? am I on the right track?