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velossahonda

  • 3 years ago

if det(A) = -1 Then what does det (2A) equal?

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  1. Hero
    • 3 years ago
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    Create a matrix where its determinant is -1. Then take that same matrix and multiply it by two, then find its determinant.

  2. velossahonda
    • 3 years ago
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    can it be a 2 x 2 matrix ?

  3. MuH4hA
    • 3 years ago
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    Well, the problem here is, that your result will depend on the dimensions of the matrix. If you can't figure out the general rule, try a 2x2 and a 3x3. Maybe don't use "2" as your scalar but just write it out for any scalar c.. it'll become obvious, what det(cA) has to be ;)

  4. kr7210
    • 3 years ago
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    that should be -2

  5. MuH4hA
    • 3 years ago
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    NO, it is not -2. As I stated before, it does depend on the size of the matrix. It is -4 for a 2x2 and -8 for a 3x3.. The general rule is: \[\det(cA) = c^n \det(A)\]for a nxn Matrix. I normally just don't state the solution. However, if people give advice that's just plain wrong, I fear the asker might be mislead. (velossahonda - I would elaborate, why it's like that if you are still interested?? )

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