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Clock Hands Pictures for \(2 \times 2\) Real Matrices

by Charles R. Johnson and Brenda K. Kroschel

This article originally appeared in:
College Mathematics Journal
March, 1998

Subject classification(s): Algebra and Number Theory | Linear Algebra | Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
Applicable Course(s): 3.8 Linear/Matrix Algebra

The article illustrates the notion of eigenvalue and its corresponding eigenvector using hands of an analog clock. This capsule deals with \(2 \times 2\) real matrices, single eigenvalues, and complex ones as well.

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Capsule Course Topic(s):
Linear Algebra | Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
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