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eigenvalue

[ahy-guh n-val-yoo] /ˈaɪ gənˌvæl yu/
noun, Mathematics
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; partial translation of German Eigenwert, equivalent to eigen- characteristic, particular + Wert value
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  • A is a symmetric operator without any eigenvalues and eigenfunctions.
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eigenvalue

/ˈaɪɡənˌvæljuː/
noun
1.
(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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