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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 that $\det A = 1$ with $A^T M A = M$ and $M = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & I \\ -I &0 \end{bmatrix}$. [duplicate]

Prove that $\det A = 1$ with $A^T M A = M$ and $M = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & I \\ -I &0 \end{bmatrix}$ ($I$ is the identity matrix of order n).
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Proof relation between Levi-Civita symbol and Kronecker deltas in Group Theory

In order to prove the following identity: $$\sum_{k}\epsilon_{ijk}\epsilon_{lmk}=\delta_{il}\delta_{jm}-\delta_{im}\delta_{jl}$$ Instead of checking this by brute force, Landau writes thr product of ...
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For $det(A)=0$, how do we know if A has no solution or infinitely many solutions?

If the determinant det(A) of the matrix A of a non-homogeneous system of equations is 0, then how do we know if it has no solutions or infinitely many solutions? And while we are at it, kindly answer ...
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Determinant of matrix?

How can we calculate the determinant of this $\,pn\times pn\,$ matrix. I have tried at my best level, and still am not able to come up with a solution. The matrix $a_{ij}$ entry is defined as $$ ...
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Special determinant formula for a specific matrix

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 & ...
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Interchanging Rows Of Matrix Changes Sign Of Determinants!

Now A Days I Am Learning About Matrix And Determinants And I Confused On One Properties Of Determinants Which Is: Interchanging Two Rows/Columns Of A Determinant Changes The Sign Of The Determinant! ...
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positive definite quadratic form

Is $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i^2 + \sum_{1\leq i < j \leq n} x_{i}x_j$ positive definite? Approach: The matrix of this quadratic form can be derived to be the following $$M := \begin{pmatrix} 1 & ...
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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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A determinant inequality

Let $A,B$ be two $m\times n$ real matrices. Then $$|AA'|\cdot |BB'|\geq |AB'|^2.$$ For square matrices, it is the equality. How to prove this inequality then?
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block matrices problem

Let $A,B,C$ and $D$ be n by n matrics such that $AC=CA$. Prove that $\det \begin{pmatrix} A & B\\ C & D \end{pmatrix}=\det(AD-CB)$. The solution is to first assume that $A$ is invertible and ...
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Volume of $n$-dimensional parallelepiped as determinant

Let $V$ be a vector space of dimension $n$ and $B:V\times V\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be an inner product. Let $\sigma_B:V^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be the map $$ ...
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Circular determinant problem

I'm stuck in this question: How calculate this determinant ? $$\Delta=\left|\begin{array}{cccccc} 1&2&3&\cdots&\cdots&n\\ n&1&2&\cdots&\cdots& n-1\\ ...
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Volume of a pyramid as a determinant?

I have three given points, A, B and C, each of them is a corner of a pyramid. Another corner is located in origo. The task is to set up a determinant to describe the pyramids volume. ...
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$3\times3$ linear system organization

How to organize the system below? Especially the 2nd row of the system. $$\left\{\begin{eqnarray} 4x-3y+2z+4&=&0\\ x-\frac y3+\frac z2&=&-\frac16\\ 5x+2z&=&3y-3\\ ...
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Prove determinant of $n \times n$ matrix is $(a+(n-1)b)(a-b)^{n-1}$? [duplicate]

Prove $\det(A)$ is $(a+(n-1)b)(a-b)^{n-1}$ where $A$ is $n \times n$ matrix with $a$'s on diagonal and all other elements $b$, off diagonal.
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If A is invertible, prove that $\lambda \neq 0$, and $\vec{v}$ is also an eigenvector for $A^{-1}$, what is the corresponding eigenvalue?

If A is invertible, prove that $\lambda \neq 0$, and $\vec{v}$ is also an eigenvector for $A^{-1}$, what is the corresponding eigenvalue? I don't really know where to start with this one. I know that ...