Hello friends, today it’s all about the eigenvectors of a matrix. Have a look!!

### Eigenvectors of a matrix

#### Example on the eigenvectors of a matrix

Disclaimer: None of these examples are mine. I have chosen these from some book or books. I have also given the due reference at the end of the post.

So here is the example.

##### Example

According to Stroud and Booth (2013)* “For the coefficient matrix …, determine the eigenvalues and an eigenvector corresponding to each eigenvalue:

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##### Solution

Here the given matrix is

Today I’ll do the last part of the problem, that is, to get the eigenvectors of a matrix.

From my earlier post on eigenvalues of any matrix, I already know the eigenvalues of the matrix

These are

First of all, I’ll get the eigenvector corresponding to the eigenvalue .

###### Step 1

For the matrix is

Suppose is the corresponding eigenvector for the eigenvalue

Thus I can say

Now I use matrix multiplications on the right-hand side.

Therefore I get three equations as

Next I will simplify these three equations to get

(1)

(2)

and

(3)

From equations (1) and (2), I get

Now I substitute in equations (3).

Then it becomes

Thus I can write in terms of as

Thus the eigenvector is

Therefore I can say that for the corresponding eigenvector is

Now I’ll get the eigenvector corresponding to the eigenvalue .

###### Step 2

For the matrix is

Suppose is the corresponding eigenvector for the eigenvalue

Thus I can say

Now I use matrix multiplications on the right-hand side.

Therefore I get three equations as

Next I will simplify these three equations to get

(4)

(5)

and

(6)

From equation (4), I get

Also from equation (5), I get

Thus the eigenvector is

Therefore I can say that for the corresponding eigenvector is

Now I’ll get the eigenvector corresponding to the eigenvalue .

###### Step 3

For the matrix is

Suppose is the corresponding eigenvector for the eigenvalue

Thus I can say

Now I use matrix multiplications on the right-hand side.

Therefore I get three equations as

Next I will simplify these three equations to get

(7)

(8)

and

(9)

From equation (7), I get

That means

Similarly from equation (8), I get

That means

Thus the eigenvector is

Therefore I can say that for the corresponding eigenvector is

Hence I can conclude that for the corresponding eigenvector is ; for the corresponding eigenvector is and for the corresponding eigenvector is

This is the answer to the last part of this example.

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