Question about determinants, computation or theory. If $E$ is a vector space of dimension $d$, then we can compute the determinant of a $d$-uple $(v_1,\ldots,v_d)$ with respect to a basis.

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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 ...
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Determinant of a specially structured matrix

I have the following $n\times n$ matrix: $$A=\begin{bmatrix}a&b&\cdots&b\\b&a&\cdots&b\\\vdots& &\ddots&\vdots\\b&\cdots&b&a\end{bmatrix}$$ where $0 ...
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How to calculate the following determinants (all ones, minus $I$)

How do I calculate the determinant of the following $n\times n$ matrices $ \left[ \begin {matrix} 0 & 1 & \ldots & 1 \\ 1 & 0 & \ldots & 1 \\ \vdots & \vdots & ...
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How to show that $\det(AB) =\det(A)\det(B)$

Given two square matrices $A$ and $B$, how do you show that $\det(AB) = \det(A)\det(B)$, where $\det(\cdot)$ is the determinant of the matrix?
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Determinant of a block lower triangular matrix

I'm trying to prove the following: Let $A$ be a $k\times k$ matrix, let $D$ have size $n\times n$, and $C$ have size $n\times k$. Then, $$\det\left(\begin{array}{cc} A&0\\ C&D ...
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Computing determinant of a specific matrix.

How to calculate the determinant of $$ A=(a_{i,j})_{n \times n}=\left( \begin{array}{ccccc} a&b&b& \cdots & b\\ b& a& b& \cdots& b\\ \vdots& \vdots& \vdots& ...
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Development of the Idea of the Determinant

While I basically understand what a determinant is, I wonder how this idea was developed? What was the principal idea behind its origination? I would like to know this so that I can have a better ...
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Determinant of transpose?

$$\det(A^T) = \det(A)$$ Using the geometric definition of the determinant as the area spanned by the columns could someone give a geometric interpretation of the property? Thanks!
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Why is it true that $\mathrm{adj}(A)A = \det(A) \cdot I$?

This is a statement in linear algebra that I can't seem to understand the proof behind. For a square matrix $A$, why is: $$\mathrm{adj}(A)A = \det(A) \cdot I$$ Any explanation would be greatly ...
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Proof If $AB-I$ Invertible then $BA-I$ invertible.

I have these problems : Proof If $AB-I$ invertible then $BA-I$ invertible. Proof If $I-AB$ invertible then $I-BA$ invertible. I think I solve it correctly, But I'm not so sure, I'll be glad to ...
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How to compute the determinant of a tridiagonal matrix with constant diagonals?

How to show that the determinant of the following $(n\times n)$ matrix $$\begin{pmatrix} 5 & 2 & 0 & 0 & 0 & \cdots & 0 \\ 2 & 5 & 2 & 0 & 0 & \cdots & ...
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Slick proof the determinant is an irreducible polynomial

A polynomial $p$ over a field $k$ is called irreducible if $p=fg$ for polynomials $f,g$ implies $f$ or $g$ are constant. One can consider the determinant of an $n\times n$ matrix to be a polynomial in ...
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Prove that the set of $n$-by-$n$ real matrices with positive determinant is connected

Math people: In the fourth edition of Strang's "Linear Algebra and its Applications", page 230, he poses the following problem (I have changed his wording): show that if $A \in \mathbf{R}^{n \times ...
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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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Vandermonde determinant by induction

The determinant at the top-left of the page can be done by induction, it says show that. I have done this before, if I submit this will I get marks? MORE IMPORTANTLY how do I do it by induction? The ...
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Proving the determinant of a tridiagonal matrix with $-1, 2, -1$ on diagonal.

Let $A_n$ denote an $n \times n$ tridiagonal matrix. $$A_n=\begin{pmatrix}2 & -1 & & & 0 \\ -1 & 2 & -1 & & \\ & \ddots & \ddots & \ddots & \\ & ...
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Elementary proof that if $A$ is a matrix map from $\mathbb{Z}^m$ to $\mathbb Z^n$, then the map is surjective iff the gcd of maximal minors is $1$

I am trying to find an elementary proof that if $\phi$ is a linear map from $\mathbb{Z}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^m$ represented by an $m \times n$ matrix $A$, then the map is surjective iff the gcd ...
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Using the Determinant to verify Linear Independence, Span and Basis

Can the determinant (assuming it's non-zero) be used to determine that the vectors given are linearly independent, span the subspace and are a basis of that subspace? (In other words assuming I have a ...
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Is it always true that $\det(A^2+B^2)\geq0$?

Let $A$ and $B$ be real square matrices of the same size. Is it true that $$\det(A^2+B^2)\geq0\,?$$ If $AB=BA$ then the answer is positive: ...
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Proving the relation $\det(I + xy^T ) = 1 + x^Ty$

Let $x$ and $y$ denote two $n$ - length column vectors. Prove that $$\det(I + xy^T ) = 1 + x^Ty$$ Is Sylvester's determinant theorem an extension of the problem? Is the approach same?
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Differentiating the determinant of the Jacobian of a diffeomorphism (don't understand a proof)

For each $t$, let $A_t:\Omega_0 \to \Omega_t$ be a bi-Lipschitz map between open sets in $\mathbb{R}^n$. The map is also invertible. It satisfies $$\frac{d}{dt}A_t(y) = w(A_t(y),t)$$ where $w$ is a ...
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Proof: $\det\pmatrix{\langle v_i , v_j \rangle}\neq0$ $\iff \{v_1,\dots,v_n\}~\text{l.i.}$

Let $V$ be a real inner product space and $S=\{v_1,v_2, \dots, v_n\}\subset V$. How am I to prove that $S$ is linearly independent if and only if the determinant of the matrix $$ ...
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Determinant identity: $\det M \det N = \det M_{ii} \det M_{jj} - \det M_{ij}\det M_{ji}$

Let $M$ be a (real) $n \times n$ matrix. For $1 \leq i, j \leq n$ we denote by $M_{ij}$ the $(n-1) \times (n-1)$ matrix that we get when the $i$th row and $j$th column of $M$ are removed. Now, ...
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Proof of the conjecture that the kernel is of dimension 2

I already asked this question which has been answered. This question may seem very similar but the required matrix manipulations are probably very different here due to the addition of the matrix ...
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Prove $\det(kA)=k^n\det A$

Let $A$ be a $n \times n$ invertible matrix, prove $\det(kA)=k^n\det A$. I really don't know where to start. Can someone give me a hint for this proof?
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Area of a parallelogram, vertices $(-1,-1), (4,1), (5,3), (10,5)$.

I need to find the area of a parallelogram with vertices $(-1,-1), (4,1), (5,3), (10,5)$. If I denote $A=(-1,-1)$, $B=(4,1)$, $C=(5,3)$, $D=(10,5)$, then I see that ...
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What does it mean to have a determinant equal to zero?

After looking in my book for a couple of hours, I'm still confused about what it means for a $(n\times n)$-matrix $A$ to have a determinant equal to zero, $\det(A)=0$. I hope someone can explain this ...
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Determinant of a non-square matrix

I wrote an answer to this question based on determinants, but subsequently deleted it because the OP is interested in non-square matrices, which effectively blocks the use of determinants and thereby ...
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What is the origin of the determinant in linear algebra?

We often learn in a standard linear algebra course that a determinant is a number associated with a square matrix. We can define the determinant also by saying that it is the sum of all the possible ...
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Computing the trace and determinant of $A+B$, given eigenvalues of $A$ and an expression for $B$

Let $A$ be $4\times 4$ matrix with real entries such that $-1$, $1$, $2$, and $-2$ are its eigenvalues. If $B = A^4 - 5A^2+5I$, where $I$ denotes $4\times 4$ identity matrix, then what would be ...
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Do determinants of binary matrices form a set of consecutive numbers?

While pondering a solution for the problem of generating random 0-1 matrices with small absolute determinants, I once again realise how little I know about 0-1 matrices. My initial idea was to pick a ...
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determinant inequality $ \det(A^2+B^2+(A-B)^2)\ge 3\det(AB-BA) $

A and B are two $2\times2$ reals matrices. then $$ \det \Big(A^2+B^2+(A-B)^2\Big)\ge 3\det(AB-BA) $$ well, it is seems interesting, but it is really hard to get started Thank you very much!
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Use of determinants

I have been teaching myself maths (primarily calculus) throughout this and last year, and was stumped with the use of determinants. In the math textbooks I have, they simply show how to compute a ...
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Determinant of a Special Symmetric Matrix

If $A$ is a symmatric matrix of odd order with integer entries and the diagonal entries $0$ then $A$ has determinant value even. I can prove the result if I can show that the eigenvalues of $A$ are ...
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Determinant of a finite-dimensional matrix in terms of trace

I have noticed that for the case of 1x1, 2x2 and 3x3 matrices $A$, $B$, I can write the determinant of their commutator $C=[A,B]$ in terms of traces: 1x1 matrices $A$, $B$: $$\det(C)=\text{tr}(C)$$ ...
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Determinant of a special skew-symmetric matrix

Simple calculation show that: $$ \begin{align} \det(A_2)=\begin{vmatrix} 0& 1 \\ -1& 0 \end{vmatrix}&=1\\ \det(A_4)=\begin{vmatrix} 0& 1 &1 &1 \\ ...
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Determinant of a matrix with $t$ in all off-diagonal entries.

It seems from playing around with small values of $n$ that $$ \det \left( \begin{array}{ccccc} -1 & t & t & \dots & t\\ t & -1 & t & \dots & t\\ t & t & -1 ...
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If $A$ is positive definite, then $\int_{\mathbb{R}^n}\mathrm{e}^{-\langle Ax,x\rangle}\text{d}x=\left|\det\left({\pi}^{-1}A\right)\right|^{-1/2}$

Let $A$ be a positive definite real $n\times n$ matrix. How can I prove that $$ \int_{\mathbb{R}^n}\mathrm{e}^{-\langle ...
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Show determinant of matrix is non-zero

I have $a,b,c\in\mathbb{Q}$ not all zero. ($a^2+b^2+c^2\ne 0$), I want to show that the following determinant is then non-zero. I failed to arrive at an appropriate form of the polynomial. Help ...
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Determinant of a specific circulant matrix, $A_n$

Let $$A_2 = \left[ \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{array}\right]$$ $$A_3 = \left[ \begin{array}{ccc} 0 & 1 & 1\\ 1 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 1 & 0 \end{array}\right]$$ ...
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Prove or disprove : $\det(A^k + B^k) \geq 0$

This question came from here. As the OP hasn't edited his question and I really want the answer, I'm adding my thoughts. Let $A, B$ be two real $n\times n$ matrices that commute and $\det(A + ...
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The determinant function is the only one satisfying the conditions

How can I prove that the determinant function satisfying the following properties is unique: $\det(I)=1$ where $I$ is identity matrix, the function $\det(A)$ is linear in the rows of the matrix and ...
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Proof of the conjecture that the kernel is of dimension 2, extended

Pursuing my research, I am now looking for a proof of an extension of the problem proposed here and answered. It's an extension in the sense that I'm now considering two different $t_1$ and $t_2$. The ...
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Calculate the determinant of the $2n \times 2n$ matrix with entries equal to zero on the main diagonal, $1$ below and $-1$ above [duplicate]

Calculate the determinant of the $2n \times 2n$ matrix with entries equal to zero on the main diagonal, equal to $1$ below and equal to $-1$ above. I'll denote this matrix $A_{2n}$. So for example ...
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How to prove $\det(e^A) = e^{\operatorname{tr}(A)}$?

Prove $$\det(e^A) = e^{\operatorname{tr}(A)}$$ for all matrices $A \in \mathbb{C}_{n×n}$.
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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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Determinant evaluation for matrix with $-1, 2, -1$ below/on/above diagonal [duplicate]

What is the trick for evaluating the determinant of this matrix? $$\begin{bmatrix} 2 & -1 \\ -1 & 2 & -1 \\ & -1 & 2 & -1 \\ && -1 & 2 & -1 \\ &&& ...
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Determinant of rank-one perturbation of a diagonal matrix

Let $A$ be a rank-one perturbation of a diagonal matrix, i. e. $A = D + s^T s$, where $D = \DeclareMathOperator{diag}{diag} \diag\{\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n\}$, $s = [s_1,\ldots,s_n] \neq 0$. Is ...
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Matrix inverse identity

Question: Assuming that all matrix inverses involved below exist, show that $$(\mathbf{A}-\mathbf{B})^{-1}=\mathbf{A}^{-1}+\mathbf{A}^{-1}(\mathbf{B}^{-1}-\mathbf{A}^{-1})^{-1}\mathbf{A}^{-1}$$ in ...
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Value of Vandermonde type determinant

Let $x_1,...,x_n $ are distinct real numbers. Is it a formula for the Vandermonde type determinant $V(x_1, \cdots,x_n)$ whose last column is $x_1^k,\ \cdots,\ x_n^k$, where $k \geq n$, instead of ...