Proving Diagonalizability of an nxn Matrix

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In summary, the conversation discusses a diagonalizable matrix A with m distinct eigenvalues and the problem of showing that (A-L1*I)(A-L2*I)****(A-Lm*I)=0. The participants also discuss ways to solve (A-LI)x=0 and how to show that a matrix is the zero matrix. The conversation concludes with a suggestion to write x as a linear combination of eigenvectors in order to prove the matrix is zero.
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can anyone help with this problem?

Consider a diagonalizable nxn matrix A with m distinct eigenvalues L1,...,Lm show that (A-L1*I)(A-L2*I)****(A-Lm*I)=0
 
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Do you recognize the form (A-LI)? Have you ever solved something like (A-LI)x=0?
 
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isn't that just used to find the eigenvalues? how would you get rid of x?
 
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Don't think in terms of "getting rid of x." Think about the problem conceptually. What ways do you know to show that some matrix is the zero matrix?
 
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what do you mean by showing that a matrix is the zero matrix? A matrix is a zero matrix if anything multiplied by it is zero? I know that A is similar do a diagonal matrix D with the eigienvalues down the diagonal. I'm not sure if that would help though?
 
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Right, a matrix is a zero matrix if any vector multiplied by it is zero. Write the vector as a linear combination of eigenvectors.
 
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So since A is diagonizable the eigenvectors form an eigenbasis for A. Thus any vector is a linear combination of these eigenvectors. Does that mean that is x is any linear combination of these eigenvectors that (A-L1*I)***(A-Lm*I)*x=0? and if so does it mean since any vector mulitplied by this matrix is zero that this matrix is zero then?
 
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buzzmath said:
Does that mean that is x is any linear combination of these eigenvectors that (A-L1*I)***(A-Lm*I)*x=0?
Can you think of a reason? Try actually writing x as a linear combination rather than just saying that it is.
 

1. How do you determine if an nxn matrix is diagonalizable?

To determine if an nxn matrix is diagonalizable, you need to check if it has n linearly independent eigenvectors. If it does, then it is diagonalizable.

2. What is the significance of diagonalizable matrices?

Diagonalizable matrices are important in linear algebra because they are easier to work with and can provide insights into the behavior of a system. They also have special properties that make them useful in solving problems.

3. Can all nxn matrices be diagonalizable?

No, not all nxn matrices can be diagonalizable. Only matrices with n linearly independent eigenvectors can be diagonalizable. If a matrix does not have enough linearly independent eigenvectors, then it is not diagonalizable.

4. What methods can be used to prove that an nxn matrix is diagonalizable?

There are a few methods that can be used to prove that an nxn matrix is diagonalizable. One method is to find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the matrix and show that they are linearly independent. Another method is to use the diagonalization theorem, which states that a matrix is diagonalizable if and only if it has n linearly independent eigenvectors.

5. Are there any applications of diagonalizable matrices in real life?

Yes, diagonalizable matrices have many applications in real life. They are commonly used in engineering, physics, and computer science to model and solve systems of equations. They are also used in data analysis and machine learning algorithms to reduce the dimensions of data and make it more manageable for analysis.

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