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Homework Help: Eigenvalues with an added part

  1. Oct 5, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi, I have an electrical circuit, from which I have derived 4 equations to work out the current I of the circuit. To solve I need to put the equations into a matrix and find the eigenvalues & vectors, great I can do that. However there is an additional matrix on the end for voltage values. Previously it was assumed the circuit was DC so all voltages would = 0, as you can see in the picture below. Now its AC and I dont know what to do with the 'extra' matrix as its now a function and has to be considered.

    This probably makes little sense as I admit alot is going over my head.

    2. Relevant equations

    This picture best describes the situation.


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I can find the eigenvalues for matrix 'A' but I dont know where the extra bit comes into play...

    Thankyou for any guidance.
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  3. Oct 5, 2014 #2

    Dr Transport

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    Treat the problem as a 1st order differential equation, there are two solutions which must be added together, the homogeneous part then the inhomogeneous portion. Look in your differential equations text or the CRC Math Handbook. Looking in my Boyce and Diprima, third ed (1977), Section 7.10, the solution of your type of problem is given in detail.
  4. Oct 5, 2014 #3

    Ray Vickson

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    If you know the eigenvalues of ##A##, you can solve the DE ##\dot{x} = Ax + b## using a matrix exponential:
    [tex] x(t) = e^{At} x(0) + \int_0^t e^{A(t-s)} b(s) \, ds [/tex]
    The matrix exponential can be computed from the eigenvalues and their multiplicities:
    (1) If all eigenvalues ##r_1, r_2, \ldots, r_n## of ##A## are distinct, there exist matrices ##E_1, E_2, \ldots, E_n## such that
    [tex] e^{At} = \sum_{i=1}^n E_i e^{r_i t} [/tex]
    More generally, for any analytic function ##f## we have
    [tex] f(A) = \sum_{i=1}^n E_i f(r_i)[/tex]
    where the ##E_i## are the same for any function. One way to find the ##E_i## is to apply this to various ##f## for which ##f(A)## is readily computable:
    [tex] f(x) = 1 = x^0 \Rightarrow f(A) = I = \sum_{i=1}^n r^0 E_i = \sum_{i=1}^n E_i\\
    f(x) = x \Rightarrow f(A) = A = \sum_{i=1}^n r_i^1 E_i = \sum_{i=1}^n r_i E_i \\
    f(x) = x^2 \Rightarrow f(A) = A^2 = \sum_{i=1|}^n r_i^2 E_i,\\
    Here ##I## is the identity matrix.
    For example, for a 4x4 matrix with four distinct eigenvalues ##r_1,r_2, r_3,r_4## we have
    [tex] I = E_1 + E_2 + E_3 + E_4\\
    A = r_1 E_1 + r_2 E_2 + r_3 E_3 + r_4 E_4\\
    A^2 = r_1^2 E_1 + r_2^2 E_2 + r_3^2 E_3 + r_4^2 E_4\\
    A^3 = r_1^3 E_1 + r_2^3 E_2 + r_3^3 E_3 + r_4^3 E_4
    After solving for the ##E_i## we have
    [tex] e^{Aw}= E_1 e^{r_1 w} + E_2 e^{r_2 w} + E_3 e^{r_3 w} + E_4 e^{r_4 w}[/tex]

    (2) If not all eigenvalues of ##A## are distinct, it is a bit more complicated, but the first order of business would be to check if, indeed, your eigenvalues are all distinct. After that, complications can be dealt with if needed.
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