Solving second order linear homogeneous differential equation! HELP!? Solve the second order linear homogeneous differential equation with constant coefficients by reqriting as a system of two first order linear differential equations. Show that the coefficient matrix is not similiar to the diagonal matrix, but is similiar to a Jordan matrix, J. Determine the matrix P so that A = PJP^-1. y'' + 2y' + y = 0 I'm not sure how to go on about solving this question. Can someone help me get to the answer?