Visualisation of eigenvectors and eigenvalues
- Wang Muran
This applet aims to help visualize the geometrical interpretation of the eigenvector(s) and eigenvalue(s) of a 2-by-2 matrix. In this applet, users may - define the 2-by-2 matrix by entering the values of the elements, - drag the point V to view the vector v and the vector Av in the same diagram, - receive a notification when an eigenvalue that satisfies Av=kv is found.
1. What are the eigenvectors and the corresponding eigenvalues of ? 2. How many eigenvalues can a 2-by-2 matrix possibly have? 3. How many eigenvectors can a 2-by-2 matrix possibly have? 4. What can you say about the eigenvector(s) and eigenvalue(s) of a 2-by-2 matrix whose determinant is 0?