Question: How to calculate eigenvalues of complex symbolic Matrix


first of all, this is my very fist question in this forum, so please excuse some formal mistakes I may make...

Using Maple 18.01 on Windows 7 64bit

To the topic: I want to calculate the eigenvalues of a complex matrix like this (just as an example):

M := Matrix(2, 2, {(1, 1) = a+2.5*I, (1, 2) = 1-I*a, (2, 1) = 4, (2, 2) = a})

When I try to calculate


I get

Error, (in LinearAlgebra:-Eigenvalues) expecting either Matrices of rationals, rational functions, radical functions, algebraic numbers, or algebraic functions, or Matrices of complex(numeric) values

Strange, because if I replace the "2.5" with just "2", so an integer instead of a float, I get results:

I don't understand this strange behavior, since Mathematica i.e. calculates everything just fine...:

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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