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# Re: question
*To*: mathgroup@smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg10324] Re: question
*From*: Paul Abbott <paul@physics.uwa.edu.au>
*Date*: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 23:40:49 -0500
*Organization*: University of Western Australia
*References*: <687po8$1jc@smc.vnet.net> <68s9f8$7o0$2@dragonfly.wolfram.com>
Daniel Lichtblau wrote:
> In article <687po8$1jc@smc.vnet.net> "=?big5?B?p0WuYbvK?="
> <g8673007@cc.nchulc.edu.tw> writes:
> >
> > I found that Mathematica may deal poorly with the orthogonal matrix
> > problem. Just as below shows, I can not solve my problem using
> > Mathematica. Maybe you have right way to finish it, I think and hope
> > so. If it is true, excuse me, I would thank you to let me know the
> > answer.
> > Following is my input and output in Mathematica: a={{1,2},{3,4}}
> > {{1, 2}, {3, 4}}
> > p={{a11,a12},{a21,a22}}
> > {{a11, a12}, {a21, a22}}
> > ans=Solve[Transpose[p].a.p==IdentityMatrix[2]] {}
> It is correct that the solution set is empty.
>
> Note that the right-hand-side of the matrix equation is symmetric while
> the left-hand-side is not (which is a good indication that the
> equations are inconsistent, because now the system is
> overdetermined).
This is certainly true. However, the user effectively wants to
diagonalize the matrix a and this can be done as follows:
In[1]:= a={{1,2},{3,4}};
The matrix p can be found as follows:
In[2]:= p=Transpose[Eigenvectors[a]]
Out[2]=
1 1
{{- (-3 - Sqrt[33]), - (-3 + Sqrt[33])}, {1, 1}}
6 6
p does diagonalize the matrix a (note the use of Inverse instead of
Transpose):
In[3]:= Simplify[Inverse[p].a.p]
Out[3]=
1 1
{{- (5 - Sqrt[33]), 0}, {0, - (5 + Sqrt[33])}}
2 2
and the diagonal elements do agree with the eigenvalues:
In[4]:= Eigenvalues[a]
Out[4]=
1 1
{- (5 - Sqrt[33]), - (5 + Sqrt[33])}
2 2
Cheers,
Paul
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