Many applications of matrices in both engineering and science utilize eigenvalues and, sometimes, eigenvectors. Control theory, vibration analysis, electric circuits, advanced dynamics and quantum mechanics are just a few of the application areas.

Many of the applications involve the use of eigenvalues and eigenvectors in the process of transforming a given matrix into a diagonal matrix and we discuss this process in this Section. We then go on to show how this process is invaluable in solving coupled differential equations of both first order and second order.


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