Whenever a 4*4 matrix is given, and it is to find the characteristic equation. Always expand along the column or row, which has the maximum number of zeroes. Look for the solved example given below.

Given Matrix A is a 4*4 matrix, with 9, 7, 5 and 9 as the diagonal elements. First column contains the maximum zeroes, so expand along it. The final equation is the characteristic equation. Soling it gives 9, 5 and 7 as the eigenvalues.

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Given Matrix A is a 4*4 matrix, with 9, 7, 5 and 9 as the diagonal elements. First column contains the maximum zeroes, so expand along it. The final equation is the characteristic equation. Soling it gives 9, 5 and 7 as the eigenvalues.

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