# Prove A is Diagonalizable (Actual Question)

[SOLVED] Prove A is Diagonalizable (Actual Question)

1. Homework Statement

Suppose that A $$\in$$ M$$^{nxn}$$(F) and has two distinct eigenvalues, $$\lambda$$$$_{1}$$ and $$\lambda$$$$_{2}$$, and that dim(E(subscript $$\lambda$$$$_{1}$$ ))= n-1. Prove that A is diagonalizable.

3. The Attempt at a Solution

So far, I know that dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$2) $$\geq1$$
and that
dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$1) + dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$2) $$\leq$$ n.
So dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$2) = 1.

I am not exactly sure how this helps me to show A is digonalizable. Maybe I am thinking of something else and don't need this to prove A is diagonalizable. Please help.

(Also, sorry about my prevous blank post; I am new)

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Welcome to PF!

So far, I know that dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$2) $$\geq1$$
and that
dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$1) + dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$2) $$\leq$$ n.
So dim(E subscript $$\lambda$$2) = 1.
Hi pezola! Welcome to PF! Your reasoning seems fine. Can't you now use proof by induction - that is, assume the theorem is true for all numbers up to n - 1, and then prove it for n?
(Also, sorry about my prevous blank post; I am new) … no problemo! … StatusX
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A matrix is diagonalizable iff its eigenvectors form a basis for the space (do you understand why?). You've pretty much shown this, maybe just another word or too on why the eigenvectors are independent.