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Re: limits on symbol eigenvalues?

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  • Subject: [mg48552] Re: limits on symbol eigenvalues?
  • From: "Curt Fischer" <crf3 at po.cwru.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2004 07:18:53 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <c9pei6$qgr$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Uwe Brauer wrote:
> Hello
>
> I just  started  using mathematica.  When  I tried  to calculate   the
> symbolic eigenvalues of a 16x16 matrix mathematica told me it couldn't
>
> Is there a restriction?

I think Mathematica couldn't do it because it is impossible to find the
symbolic roots to a sixteenth order polynomial, in general.

-- 
Curt Fischer


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