Find a matrix S1 that satisfies A= S(uppercase lamda)S^(-1)

1. May 10, 2012

DODGEVIPER13

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A matrix S and a matrix A are given. Let A = S(uppercase lamda)S-1, but do not calculate A. Find different S1 and (Uppercase lamda)1 such that the same A satisfies A = S1(Uppercase lamda)1S1-1

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3. The attempt at a solution
I have given the original matrices and my work on my attachment so see that for my work. What I want to know is what exactly is S1 and (Uppercase lamda)1 and how do I solve for them?

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2. May 10, 2012

clamtrox

Your problem description doesn't make sense. I'm guessing you're given S and Lambda, not S and A.

You should multiply both sides of equation $A = S \Lambda S^{-1}$ with 1 a couple of times, only write it as $1 = S_1 S_1^{-1}$.

3. May 11, 2012

DODGEVIPER13

Yak they gave me uppercase lamda and S what I am confused on is how to find S1.

4. May 12, 2012

sharks

As suggested by clamtrox, just multiply both sides by the 3x3 unit vector.

5. May 12, 2012

DODGEVIPER13

I am confused if I do that I just get the same matrix again and I cant calculate A so what do I do?

6. May 12, 2012

clamtrox

Of course you get the same matrix, that's the entire point. You want it to remain equal to A, but you want to write it in a different way.

7. May 12, 2012

DODGEVIPER13

ok I think I got it