# Determinant of a matrix in a block form

Let $A, B, C$ be matrices with size $m \times m$, $n \times n$, and $n \times m$, respectively. If $\det(A) = 2$ and $\det(B) = 3,$ then find $$\det \begin{pmatrix} 0 & A \\ B & C \end{pmatrix} =\ldots$$

I stuck to solve this problem. I also wonder how can we calculate a determinant of matrix with some matrices in it (submatrices)? Please, anyone help me

Step 1. $$\det \left(\begin{array}{cc} 0 & A \\ B & C\end{array}\right) =(-1)^m\det \left(\begin{array}{cc} A & 0 \\ C & B\end{array}\right)$$
Step 2. $$\det \left(\begin{array}{cc} A & 0 \\ C & B\end{array}\right)=\det A\cdot \det B$$
Step 1, is obtained by $m^2$ permutations of rows and as many changes of sign.
Step 2, is obtained using the Jordan forms of $A$ and $B$.
• @ShaneDizzySukardy There exist certain tricks. Nevertheless, most of them for special matrices. For example, if all blocks are square of the same size, you can imitate the treatment of the $2\times 2$ case. – Yiorgos S. Smyrlis Feb 11 '18 at 19:01