eigenvalue

[ahy-guhn-val-yoo]
noun Mathematics.

Origin:
1925–30; partial translation of German Eigenwert, equivalent to eigen- characteristic, particular + Wert value

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eigenvalue (ˈaɪɡənˌvæljuː)
 
n
maths, physics one of the particular values of a certain parameter for which a differential equation or matrix equation has an eigenfunction. In wave mechanics an eigenvalue is equivalent to the energy of a quantum state of a system

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eigenvalue definition

mathematics
The factor by which a linear transformation multiplies one of its eigenvectors.
(1995-04-10)

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For temporally evolving flows, the eigenvalue is the complex frequency and the problem becomes linear in the eigenvalue.
My research interests include the numerical solution of large-scale eigenvalue problems and differential equations.
These transformations are needed for the calculation of the eigenvectors during the eigenvalue refinement.
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