# Complex hermitian matrix: real eigenvalues and orthogonal eigenvectors?

Let $A\in\Bbb R^{n\times n}$be a symmetric matrix.

$1)$ Prove that its eigenvalues are real and that any two eigenvector associated with different eigenvalues are orthogonal.

$2)$ Is this true if $A\in \Bbb C ^{n\times n}$ and $A$ is hermitian?

I can solve $1)$

For $2)$ I don't see why the conclusions wouldn't hold: if it's hermitian its eigenvalues must be real and if it's hermitian the it's normal so the eigenvector for different eigenvalues will be orthogonal. However I feel this maybe a trick question. Is there anything I'm missing?

• This is known as the spectral theorem. No trick. Aug 16, 2014 at 22:43
• I think you're absolutely correct. Doesn't look like a trick question to me. (Isn't the point of this question to prove what you stated?) Aug 16, 2014 at 23:32
• @milo : You don't need to write $nxn$; you can write $n\times n$. I edited accordingly. Aug 17, 2014 at 0:21
• Try to imitate this proof. Aug 17, 2014 at 2:26