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Is the Derivative Linear Transformation Diagonalizable?

Problem 690

Let $\mathrm{P}_2$ denote the vector space of polynomials of degree $2$ or less, and let $T : \mathrm{P}_2 \rightarrow \mathrm{P}_2$ be the derivative linear transformation, defined by
\[ T( ax^2 + bx + c ) = 2ax + b . \]

Is $T$ diagonalizable? If so, find a diagonal matrix which represents $T$. If not, explain why not.

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A Recursive Relationship for a Power of a Matrix

Problem 685

Suppose that the $2 \times 2$ matrix $A$ has eigenvalues $4$ and $-2$. For each integer $n \geq 1$, there are real numbers $b_n , c_n$ which satisfy the relation
\[ A^{n} = b_n A + c_n I , \] where $I$ is the identity matrix.

Find $b_n$ and $c_n$ for $2 \leq n \leq 5$, and then find a recursive relationship to find $b_n, c_n$ for every $n \geq 1$.

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True or False: Eigenvalues of a Real Matrix Are Real Numbers

Problem 67

Answer the following questions regarding eigenvalues of a real matrix.

(a) True or False. If each entry of an $n \times n$ matrix $A$ is a real number, then the eigenvalues of $A$ are all real numbers.
(b) Find the eigenvalues of the matrix
-2 & -1\\
5& 2

(The Ohio State University, Linear Algebra Exam)

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