# Finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix

shmoe
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Ok I redid my computions 4 times and I found that I left out a "-" sign somewhere. Now, however, I only have 2 eigenvalues, since I got $$(2+L)^2(31+17L)=0$$, where L is the eigenvalue. I'm supposed to show that the matrix is diagonalizable, but since I only have 2 distinct eigenvalues, this doesn't work out.

The matrix in post #17 has 3 distinct eigenvalues, you might want to check your work again.

In any case, it's not necessary to have 3 distinct eigenvalues for a 3x3 matrix to be diagonalizable. You've made no mention of the corresponding eigenspaces, or any eigenvectors at all for that matter. Can you find an eigenvector corresponding to L=-31/17? This should tell you something was off in your calculation.

matt grime