Symmetric matrices

Learning objectives

  • Work with the special properties of eigenvectors and eigenvalues of symmetric matrices (spectral theorem)

Before class

  • Read Lay section 7.1
  • Consult notes to the textbook (if you wish)
  • Ponder Lay problems 7.1: 1, 3, 7, 9, 17, 25 , 27.
  • Post to Piazza
  • Please write an essay containing one page for each of two capstone talks that you attended on Wednesday.

In class

  • Turn in essay on capstone talks.
  • Problems on symmetric matrices
  • Application to physics of springs