When n is large we can consider this array of springs

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Unformatted text preview: genspaces for A are two-dimensional, except for the eigenspace corresponding to j = 0, and if n is even, to the eigenspace corresponding to j = n/2. Thus in the special case where n is odd, all the eigenspaces are two-dimensional except for the eigenspace with eigenvalue λ0 = 0, which is one-dimensional. If j = 0 and j = n/2, ej and en−j form a basis for the eigenspace corresponding to eigenvalue λj . It is not difficult to verify that 1 cos(πj/n) 1 cos(2πj/n) (ej + en−j ) = 2 · cos((n − 1)πj/n) and 0 sin(πj/n) i sin(2πj/n) (ej − en−j ) = 2 · sin((n − 1)πj/n) 57 form a real basis for this eigenspace. Let −λj = 2 sin(πj/n). ωj = In the case where n is odd, we can write the general solution to our dynamical system (2.17) as (n−1)/2 x = e0 (a0 + b0 t) + j =1 1 (ej + en−j )(aj cos ωj t + bj sin ωj t) 2 (n−1)/2 + j =1 i (ej − en−j )(cj cos ωj t + dj sin ωj t). 2 The motion of the system can be described as a superposition of several modes of oscillation, the frequencies of oscillation being ωj = 2π k sin(πj/n) . m π Note that the component 1 1 e0 (a0 + b0 t) = 1 (a0 + b0 t) · 1...
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