Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2011/Question A 26
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Question A 26 

For which values of the parameters is the following matrix invertible? 
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What is an easy to compute value that determines when a matrix is invertible? 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We compute the determinant of our matrix In order for the matrix to be invertible, we need the determinant to be nonzero. For that, we need to factor our determinant So we obtain that and so, for the matrix to be invertible, that is, for the matrix not to have a determinant of zero, we require that and . 