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Characteristic and Minimal polynomials of matrices

  1. Nov 18, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Let V=C^4 and consider the linear map V->V given by the matrix:

    {{12,-6,6,-6},{2,21,21,51},{-3,12,12,30},{1,-9,-9,-21}}

    (Each {...} denotes a row, tried to use Latex but got extremely confused!)

    Given that chA(X)=(X-6)^4, calculate:

    (i) The power such that mA(X)=(X-6)^b
    (ii) A basis for the generalized eigenspace Vt(6) where t=1,...,b


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I attempted to find b by sticking mA(A) into mathematica and seeing if there is a power such that mA(A)=0. This didn't work at all. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
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