# Questions tagged [jordan-normal-form]

This tag is for questions relating to the Jordan normal form, also known as a Jordan canonical form or JCF of a matrix which is a similar block matrix having diagonal blocks when the matrix is diagonalizable and diagonal + nilpotent blocks more generally.

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### Can basis of kernel be extended to a Jordan basis?

Let $A\in\mathbb C^{n\times n}$ be nilpotent. A Jordan basis of $A$ is a basis of $\mathbb C^n$ with respect to which $A$ has Jordan normal form. Assume that we do not know the Jordan structure of $A$....
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### Lost on rational and Jordan forms

I'm having a lot of trouble trying to understand rational canonical form, primary rational canonical form, and Jordan form. I've looked at the posts about this, but I haven't been able to understand ...
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### Minimal polynomial and possible Jordan forms

Let $A$ be an $8\times 8$ complex matrix with characteristic polynomial $$p_A(x)=(x-1)^4(x+2)^2(x^2+1)$$ and minimal polynomial $$m_A(x)=(x-1)^2(x+2)^2(x^2+1).$$ Determine all possible Jordan ...
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### Classification of bilinear forms: operator $A^{-1} A^T$ for bilinear form $A$

I would like to understand a classification of non-degenerate (not necessary symmetric or skew-symmetric) bilinear forms over an algebraically closed field via an operator $\kappa=A^{-1} A^T$ for a ...
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### Differential Equations: Jordan Form of a Matrix

I am using Lawrence Perko's book Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, for my Differential Equations course. At the moment we are going over Jordan Forms of a linear system $x^{'}(t) = Ax$, ...
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### Jordan normal form theorem proof question

Theorem: Assume that the characteristic polynomial $x_f$ splits into linear factors. Then there exists a Jordan normal form for f. The Jordan normal form is unique up to the order of the Jordan blocks....
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