# On the eigenvalues of the adjugate of a non-singular matrix

How could we prove that

If $$\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\lambda_3,\dots \lambda_n$$ are the eigenvalues of a non-singular square matrix $$A$$ then the eigenvalues of $$\operatorname{adj} A$$ are $$~\frac {\det A}{\lambda_1},\frac {\det A}{\lambda_2},\frac {\det A}{\lambda_3},\dots, \frac {\det A}{\lambda_n}$$

I stumbled upon this property while solving a MCQ type question, in the solution there is no proof, I was just wondering if anybody could show me how to prove this one.

• Most uninformative title.
– Did
Jan 18, 2012 at 16:40
• @Didier:I tried to make it more informative but $150$ is the limit :( Jan 18, 2012 at 17:05
• @Didier:That's cogent, i am putting it right now:) Jan 18, 2012 at 18:28
• This is not the adjoint, it is the adjugate. These are different May 8, 2021 at 3:49

As Davide answer shows, using the identity $adj(A)=\det(A)A^{-1}$ this problem can be reduced to showing that the eigenvalues of $A^{-1}$ are exactly the inverses of the ones of $A$.

This is intuitively obvious, since $Ax=\lambda x \Rightarrow \frac{1}{\lambda}x = A^{-1}x$, but there could be issues with the multiplicities.

To formally prove it, note that

$$\det(\lambda I -A^{-1}) = \frac{\det(A) \det(\lambda I -A^{-1})}{\det(A)}= \frac{\lambda^n \det(A- \frac{1}{\lambda}I)}{\det(A)} \,.$$

This way you can relate the characteristic polynomials of $A$ and $A^{-1}$.

• This is more clear and neat, I got it just by reading once. Thanks :) Jan 18, 2012 at 17:56

The key is the identity $\operatorname{adj} A\cdot A=\det A \cdot I_n$, and since $A$ is not singular we have $\operatorname{adj} A=\det(A)\cdot A^{-1}$. The eigenvalues of $A^{-1}$ are the respective inverses of the eigenvalues of $A$ with the same algebraic multiplicity as @N. S. showed.

• $^t\operatorname{adj} A$ does this means transpose of $\operatorname{adj} A$? But then I am only aware of the identity $\operatorname{adj} A\cdot A= A \cdot \operatorname{adj} A=\det A \cdot I_n$ Jan 18, 2012 at 15:52
• What is your definition of $\operatorname{adj}(A)$? Jan 18, 2012 at 16:11
• Same as here Jan 18, 2012 at 16:22
• Ok, what I took for adjoint is in fact the matrix $C$. So I will edit my answer in order to be conform with your link. Jan 18, 2012 at 21:36