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The polynomial q has the form q(λ) = b0 + b1 λ + · · · + bk−1 λk−1 , with bk−1 = ak = 0, so v = b0 w + b1 Aw + · · · + bk−1 Ak−1 w. Because w, Aw, . . , Ak−1 w are linearly independent, v must be nonzero. 6) shows that Av = vµ, so v is an eigenvector of A with eigenvalue µ. Thus we have proved, without using determinants, that every matrix A ∈ Cn×n has an eigenpair. Notice that this argument shows that every zero of p is an eigenvalue of A. 3. 2]. Krylov sequences are used frequently in theoretical arguments.

Thus there exist unitary W11 and W22 such that T11 = W11 B11 W11 −1 and T22 = W22 B22 W22 are both upper triangular. Let W = W11 0 0 W22 T11 0 T12 T22 , and let T = W −1 BW . Then clearly T = , −1 B12 W22 . Of course, the form of T12 is unimportant; what matters is that where T12 = W11 T is upper triangular. Finally let U = V W . Then U is unitary, since it is the product of unitary matrices, and T = U −1 AU . Schur’s theorem shows that in principle we can triangularize any matrix and hence find all the eigenvalues.

Show that unitary and orthogonal similarity are equivalence relations on Cn×n and Rn×n , respectively. 3. 1. 4. Show that if A and B are similar, then det(λI − A) = det(λI − B). Thus A and B have the same eigenvalues, and the algebraic multiplicities are preserved. 5. Suppose that S is invariant under A, S = R(S) = R(S), ˆ Show that the matrices B and Bˆ are similar. Thus they have AS = SB, and ASˆ = Sˆ B. the same eigenvalues. This shows that the eigenvalues of A associated with S are well defined; they depend on S alone, not on the representation of S.