# Similar matrices

## Homework Statement

A=[a,1;0,a] B=[a,0;0,a]
If I want to show if matrix A is NOT similar to matrix B. Is it enough to show that B=/=Inv(P)*A*P? Or would I need to show that they do not have both the same eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors?

Dick
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## Homework Statement

A=[a,1;0,a] B=[a,0;0,a]
If I want to show if matrix A is NOT similar to matrix B. Is it enough to show that B=/=Inv(P)*A*P? Or would I need to show that they do not have both the same eigenvalues and corresponding eigenvectors?

It would be enough to show B=/=Inv(P)*A*P for any invertible matrix P, if you have a clever way to do that. But I think the eigenvalue/eigenvector approach is more straightforward. If you calculate those for each matrix what do you get?