Linear Algebra with Differential Equations/Homogeneous Linear Differential Equations/Imaginary Eigenvalues Method
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When eigenvalues become complex, mathematically, there isn't much wrong. However, in certain physical applications (like oscillations without damping) there is a problem in understanding what exactly does an imaginary answer mean? Thus there is a concerted effort to try to "mathematically hide" the complex variables in order to achieve a more approachable answer for physicists and engineers. Essentially, we have a solution that in part looks like this:
But by Euler's formula:
Now we distribute the terms:
Since this is a linear combination of two terms, is a constant (complex, but still a constant), each part is an element of the set of solutions and the general solution can be constructed therein.
