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Homework Help: Equation point from a matrix

  1. Apr 4, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Good evening everyone,, I have the following problem:
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    3. The attempt at a solution

    disregarding the digit ,, he's giving me P(x) and want P(A) but A is a matrix ,, should I get the determinant of A then apply it in the equation ?? or it has some idea I need to know ??
     

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  3. Apr 4, 2010 #2

    Office_Shredder

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    You know how to multiply matrices

    You know how to add matrices

    I dare say maybe you can just plug in A directly and get an answer. This is pretty common, giving a polynomial where you think the input is supposed to be a number, but then you plug in matrices instead to see what you get
     
  4. Apr 4, 2010 #3

    Mark44

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    And since P(A) involves matrices, not numbers, be sure to use I in place of 1 in your formula for P(A).
     
  5. Apr 4, 2010 #4
    aha, got it ... Really it's very easy ,, I feel stupid :shy:

    Thanks very much guys
     
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