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Graphical representation of complex eigenvectors

Graphical representation of complex eigenvectors

The Graphical representation of complex eigenvectors simulation aims to help students make connections between graphical and mathematical representations of complex eigenvectors and eigenvalues. The simulation depicts two components of a complex vector in the complex plane, and the same vector under several transformations that can be chosen by the user. A slider allows students to change the second component of the initial vector. The simulation shows whether or not the vector is an eigenvector, and if so displays the associated eigenvalue. The simulation includes a small challenge in asking the student to find the elements of one of the transformation matrices. An accompanying activity for this simulation is available at http://quantumphysics.iop.org and at... Show More
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