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Eigen Value and Eigen Vector Physical Significance

By: Manu Prakash

Linear Transformation of Vector 5 3 1 11 3 5 2 13 Matrix (A) x Vector (V1) = vector (V2) Generally vector transformation leads to formation of a new vector [A] x [V1] = [V2] .

5 3 1 8 3 5 1 x Vector (V1) = 8 vector (V2) Matrix (A) In this particular case vector V1 is transformed to vector V2. [A] x [V] = [V] . and magnitude by which vector is scaled is called Eigen Value. This vector V1 is special case called Eigen Vector. which is identical to V1 only differ in magnitude.

 each and every vector when transformed by given matrix results in another vector whose magnitude and direction is changed.  Infinite number of points on circle are vectors.  These 2 Eigen vectors are those one by which circle is stretched into an ellips.  Only 2 vectors( Eigen) do not change their direction.2 X + 2 y = 2 1  Consider a stretchable membrane on which circle is drawn. .

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