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Linear Transformation Question.

  1. May 22, 2007 #1
    I'm having trouble with part two of this question. If anyone can help me out with this I would appreciate it. Thanks,

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  3. May 22, 2007 #2

    Some suggetions:

    Understand why not all matrices are diagonalizable.

    Let's assume this one is and let's call it A (i.e., A is the
    representation of linear map T relative to standard basis E).

    Let diagonal matrix D represent T relative to basis B.

    Task: Find S such that D = S^-1AS. The columns of S are
    the members of B. Done.

    (Note This is an equivalence relation on matrices.
    Matrices A and D are *similar*.
    This should give some guidance in answering question iii.)

    How to find S?
    Write out the characteristic polynomial equation for A.
    Solve it. The roots are key. The vectors associated with
    these roots will make up the columns of S.
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