I've been working on this proof from a test review for about an hour and a half trying to figure out what to do. I have also scoured the internet in an attempt to find a similar problem to hint at where I should be going. I'm in an elementary level linear algebra course.
The proof reads: Let A and B be symmetric real n × n matrices with all negative eigenvalues. Prove that the matrix C = A + B also has negative eigenvalues.
I have tried looking at the matrices A, B, and C as an equation in spectral decomposition form and in a form of orthogonal diagonalization and I must be missing something obvious or going about it in the wrong way. In my head, I can kinda get the picture of what's going on, but I can't find the theorems and the words to describe it. Help of any form appreciated. Thanks!