Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH307/April 2006/Question 04 (a)
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Question 04 (a) 

The following discrete dynamical system describes the yearly migration of wild horse populations among three areas R, G, and B. Let r(t), g(t), and b(t) be the sizes of the horse population in areas R, G, and B respectively at the t^{th} year. Where the Markov matrix A describes how the horses move among these areas from one year to the next. The 1st column indicates that each year 1/2 of the horses in area R remain in area R and 1/2 will migrate to area G. The 2nd column shows that horses in area G will be evenly distributed in the three areas one year later. The 3rd column implies that, of the horses in area B, 1/3 will migrate to area R, 1/2 will migrate to area G, and only 1/6 will remain in area B. We assume that no horses are lost and no new horses are added and that initially (i.e. at t = 0), there are a total of 350 horses all located in area B. Thus . (a) Show that λ_{3} = 1 is an eigenvalue of A. Then, find the other two eigenvalues λ_{1} and λ_{2}. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The eigenvalues are given by the formula
Doing this gives the following polynomial
The values we get are These are the eigenvalues of Matrix A and it shows that 1 is an eigenvalue 