Good evening everybody,
I'm stuck with the following problem from an old exam in Linear Algebra. One is given two Eigenvectors with corresponding two Eigenvalues and told that the trace is negative. I figured out a third orthogonal eigenvector and tried to get to the matrix via diagonalisation, using a parameter alpha for the third eigenvector. Then I set the trace of this matrix equal to the sum of the known eigenvalues plus alpha. But my method does not work out; it does not give me a negative value for alpha. Where am I going wrong? How could I make this work?
Thank you so much.