







The evaluation of a 3 by 3 determinant 
20160219 

From Kristen: What is the stepbystep process on how to evaluate the determinant of a 3*3 matrix, using the expansion method (not the diagonal method) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The adjacency matrix of an undirected graph 
20100115 

From Bhavya: Let Cn be the undirected graph with vertex set V = {1,2,3,...,n} and edge set E = {(1,2), (2,3), (3,4),.... , (n1,n), (n,1)}. Let An be the adjacency matrix of Cn.
a. Find the determinant of An.
b. Find (An)^2 Answered by Robert Dawson. 





4 by 4 determinants 
20080627 

From rav: How to solve problems of determinants which has four rows and four columns& please give me easy tips to solve permutations and combinations problems. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Determinants 
20080502 

From Henry: I have a question about solving 3x3 matrices.
The traditional way, or at least the way I've been taught, is that if one has a 3x3 matrix such as:
[ a b c ]
[ d e f ]
[ g h i ]
one solves it according to this formula:
[ei  hf)  (bi  hc) + (bf  ec) = determinant.
According to a book I'm now studying to prepare for the California CSET exam, there is another, easier, way to solve it:
[ a b c ] [ a b ]
[ d e f ] [ d e ]
[ g h i ] [ g h ]
In other words, one repeats the first two rows of the matrix and adds them to the right.
At this point, the determinant is calculated thus:
(aei) +(bfg) + (cdh)  (gec)  (hfa)  (idb).
Is this, in fact, correct? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Area of a 17sided lot 
20071121 

From Lynda: My uncle is wanting to buy this piece of land [a 17sided polygon] but we are questioning the acerage total. the measurements are [on the attached diagram]. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A matrix of polynomials 
20070718 

From Mac: can you please help me out to solve this ?
Let A be a n*n matrix, the elements of which are real (or complex) polynomial in x.
If r rows of the determinant becomes identical when x=a, then the determinant
A) has a factor of order r
B) has a factor or order > r
C) has no factor
D) has a factor of order < r Answered by Harley Weston. 





Evaluating a determinant 
20070225 

From Suud: Please send me the detailed steps of calculating the determinant of the following 4by4 matrix 1 3 1 2 2 0 1 1 3 2 0 4 0 3 1 2 Answered by Haley Ess. 





A matrix problem 
20050404 

From Alan:
Let A = 

1  1  0 

2  1  2 
a  b  c 
where a, b, c are constant real numbers. For what values of a, b, c is A invertible? [Hint: Your answer should be an equation in a, b, c which satisfied if and only if A is invertible.]
Answered by Judi McDonald. 





A determinant 
20030213 

From A student:
I have to find the determinant of the following matrix 2  3  1  2  4  3  0  2  5  1  4  2  1  3  5  2  3  4  1  2  6  0  3  2  4  Answered by Penny Nom. 





Expanding determinants using minors 
20010220 

From A student: Question: 1) Determinants by expansion by minors. i)  1 2 1 2 1   1 0 0 1 0   0 1 1 0 1   1 1 2 2 1   0 1 1 0 2  Answered by Harley Weston. 





order 4+ determinants 
19991206 

From Joe Kron: Why is it never shown how to calculate the value of 4x4 (or larger size) deteminants by the diagonal multiply methods that are generally shown for 2x2 and 3x3 determinants? The method I'm talking about is called Cramer's Rule??? Is this method not extensible to order 4+ and if not why not? Anyway the method always shown for order 4+ is called "reduction by minors" which is not the answer to this question. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Area of a triangle from vertex coordinates 
19990421 

From Mark Tyler: I'm no schoolkid, but I liked your answers about triangles. You might enjoy a quick look at this, the kids may too. I was working on a Voronoi dual where I had to calculate the areas of very many triangles expressed as vertex coordinates, so I derived the following very direct formula: A = abs((x1x2)*(y1y3)(y1y2)*(x1x3)) for triangle (x1,y1)(x2,y2)(x3,y3) I've never seen this in a textbook. Is it original? I doubt it, the proof is only a few lines long. Regardless, it may be fun for the kids, even if it's not on the curriculum. Answered by Walter Whitley. 





Intersection of Planes 
19981203 

From Lindsay Fear: My name is Lindsay Fear. I am an OAC student (which is the Ontario equivalent to Grade 12 in most other states and provinces). I am in an Algebra and Geometry course and am currently studying a unit on equations of planes. Our teacher has given us this question that my friend and I have attempted several times, but we are still unable to solve it. My teacher has also suggested using the internet as a resource. The question is: Prove that a necessary condition that the three planes x + ay + bz = 0 ax  y + cz = 0 bx + cy  z = 0 have a line in common is that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 + 2abc = 1 Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Matrice 
20060201 

From Kader: mon probleme est le suivant soit deux matrices carrees A et B d'ordre n qui sont anticommutatives AB= BA , demontrer que au moins une des deux matrices n'est pas inversible si n est impair.
je n'arrive pas a utiliser le fait que n soit impair, trouver le rapport entre n impair et inverse des matrices, je pars sur la base de DETAB=DETA*DETB Answered by Claude Tardif. 

