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Effect of elementary row operations on determinant?

1) Switching two rows or columns causes the determinant to switch sign 2) Adding a multiple of one row to another causes the determinant to remain the same 3) Multiplying a row as a constant results ...
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Intuition/Understanding of Inverse and Determinants

This is not homework, but extends from a proof in my book. EDIT We're given an $m \times m$ nonsingular matrix $B$. According to the definition of an inverse, we can calculate each element of a ...
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Why is the determinant invariant under row and column operations?

I know that we may add any row to any other in a determinant and its value remains the same. This is clear enough since elementary matrices corresponding to row and column operations have determinant ...
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Intuition in permutations for Laplace Determinant Expansion

Starting with the Leibniz formula for the determinant, I wish to derive the Laplace (Cofactor) Expansion. At the risk of being overly verbose, please see the proof here. Now I understand the idea of ...
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where did determinant come from? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's an intuitive way to think about the determinant? I just learned the basics of matrices. Then I came across the magical formula $$\det(AB)=\det(A)\det(B)$$ I ...
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What's an intuitive way to think about the determinant?

In my linear algebra class, we just talked about determinants. So far I’ve been understanding the material okay, but now I’m very confused. I get that when the determinant is zero, the matrix doesn’t ...