Matrices proof help.

1. Oct 18, 2004

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(i) Let A=A' be an nxn symmetric matrix with distinct eigenvalues la1, la2, ..., lan. Suppose that all eigenvalues lai > 0. Prove that A is positive definite: That is, prove that z'Az > 0 whenever z ne 0. (Hint: Consider the spectral decomposition of A.)

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(ii) Let A=A' be a 2x2 symmetric matrix with tr(A)>0 and det(A)>0. Prove that A is positive definite. (Hint: Consider the spectral decomposition of A.)

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i looked at this problem forever, nothing doing for me :yuck:

2. Oct 18, 2004