Diagonalizing Symmetric Matrices: Definition & Examples


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The matrix, A, is a _____.

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1. To diagonalize a symmetric matrix, A, we calculate Pt AP. The result is the matrix, D, where D is the diagonal matrix shown. The eigenvalues of A are _____.

2. If the eigenvector of a matrix is the vector, v1, shown below, then the length of v1 is _____.

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Work through the quiz and worksheet to see what you know about diagonalizing symmetric matrices. The meaning of diagonalizing and the steps it involves are topics you need to know for the quiz.

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  • How to diagonalize a symmetric matrix
  • Diagonalizing a matrix
  • An eigenvector
  • Types of matrices

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  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on diagonalizing symmetric matrices
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the different types of matrices
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Additional Learning

You can review more about these concepts thanks to the lesson called Diagonalizing Symmetric Matrices: Definition & Examples. This lesson lets you:

  • Determine what a diagonal matrix is
  • Compare and contrast the different types of matrices
  • Identify the steps for diagonalizing a symmetric matrix