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 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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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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Sylvester's determinant identity

Sylvester's determinant identity states that if $A$ and $B$ are matrices of sizes $m\times n$ and $n\times m$, then $$ \det(I+AB) = \det(I+BA), $$ where in the first case $I$ denotes the $m\times m$ ...
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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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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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Characterization of positive definite matrix with principal minors

A symmetric matrix $A$ is positive definite if $x^TAx>0$ for all $x\not=0$. However, such matrices can also be characterized by the positivity of the principal minors. A statement and proof can, ...
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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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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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Calculate determinant of Vandermonde using specified steps.

$V_n(a_1,a_2\dots, a_n)$ is a $n\times n$ Vandermonde matrix = $$\left|\begin{array}[cccc] 11&a_1&\cdots&a^{n-1}_1\\ 1&a_2&\cdots&a^{n-1}_2\\ ...
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formula for calculating determinant of the block matrix

I saw a formula on the wikipedia page about determinant that $\det\begin{bmatrix}A & B\\ C & D \end{bmatrix}$ = $\det(AD-BC)$, if $C$ and $D$ commute. Is this always true? Or is there a good ...
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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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Geometric meaning of the determinant of a matrix

What is the geometric meaning of the determinant of a matrix? I know that "The determinant of a matrix represents the area of ​​a rectangle." Perhaps this phrase is imprecise, but I would like to know ...
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Direct formula for area of a triangle formed by three lines, given their equations in the cartesian plane.

I read this formula in some book but it didn't provide a proof so I thought someone on this website could figure it out. What it says is: If we consider 3 non-concurrent, non parallel lines ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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why determinant is volume of parallelepiped in any dimensions

for $n = 2,$ I can visualize that the determinant $n \times n$ matrix is the area of the parallelograms by actually calculate the area by coordinates. But how can one easily realize that it is true ...
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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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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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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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The determinant of adjugate matrix

I have the following proof that I would like to be walked through because I'm not intuitively seeing what to do: If $A$ is $n\times n$, prove $\det\left(\operatorname{adj}(A)\right) = \det(A)^{n-1}$. ...
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Determinant of rank-one perturbations of (invertible) matrices

I read something that suggests that if $I$ is the $n$-by-$n$ identity matrix, $v$ is an $n$-dimensional real column vector with $\|v\| = 1$ (standard Euclidean norm), and $t > 0$, then ...
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Find the determinant of $A + I$

Given a real valued matrix $A$ such that $A$ satisfies $AA^T = I$ and $\det(A)<0$, calculate $\det(A + I)$ My start : Since $A$ satisfies $AA^T = I$, $A$ is a unitary matrix. The determinant ...
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What operations can I do to simplify calculations of determinant?

My question is simple. Given an $n \times n$ matrix $A$, what operations can we do to the rows and columns of $A$ to make the calculation of its determinant easier? I know we can put it into row ...
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Vandermonde determinant for order 4

I'd like to show the case $n=4$ for the Vandermonde-determinant. It should look like this: $V_4 := \det \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\ x_1 & x_2 & x_3 & x_4 \\ x_1^2 & ...
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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 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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A triangle determinant that is always zero

How do we prove, without actually expanding, that $$\begin{vmatrix} \sin {2A}& \sin {C}& \sin {B}\\ \sin{C}& \sin{2B}& \sin {A}\\ \sin{B}& \sin{A}& \sin{2C} \end{vmatrix}=0$$ ...
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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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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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Find the determinant of $n\times n$ matrix

Suppose, $ M=\begin{bmatrix}\begin{array}{ccccccc} -x & a_2&a_3&a_4&\cdots &a_n\\ a_{1} & -x & a_3&a_4&\cdots &a_n\\ a_1&a_{2} & -x ...
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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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Proving determinant product rule combinatorially

One of definitions of the determinant is: $\det ({\mathbf C}) =\sum_{\lambda \in S_n} ({\operatorname {sgn} ({\lambda}) \prod_{k=1}^n C_{k \lambda ({k})}})$ I want to prove from this that ...
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Show that the area of a triangle is given by this determinant

This is part of my homework. I'm not sure how to start for this question. Can you guys provide some input/hints? Thank you! Let $A=(x_1,y_2)$, $B=(x_2,y_2)$ and $C=(x_3,y_3)$ be three points in ...
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Determinant of a Certain Block Structured Positive Definite Matrix

PLEASE FIND THE EDITED VERSION OF THIS QUESTION HERE: Asymptotic behavior of the minimum eigenvalue of a certain Gram matrix with linear independence I WILL ALSO PUT UP A BOUNTY FOR THE EDITED ...
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Degree of minimum polynomial at most n without Cayley-Hamilton?

Let $T$ be a linear transformation of an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$ over a field $k$. It's pretty easy to define the minimum polynomial of $T$ and make sure its degree is between $1$ and $n^2$, ...
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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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Does $\det(A + B) = \det(A) + \det(B)$ hold?

Well considering two $n \times n$ matrices does the following hold true: $$\det(A+B) = \det(A) + \det(B)$$ Can there be said anything about $\det(A+B)$? If $A/B$ are symmetric (or maybe even of the ...
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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 ...