MATH221 December 2008
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Question 03 (b)
Find the determinant of the matrix
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Use part (a) to save some calculation. Think about what the effect on the determinant is when one row is multiplied by a number c.
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We want to make use of the result of 3a. The given matrix A is not in the right form to use the formula of 3a. However by multiplying the first row by 1/3, and multiplying the third row by 1/10 will give us the desired form with x = 1, y = 5, and z = 7. More precisely,
Recall that multiplying a row of a matrix by a number c changes the determinant by a factor of c. For this question, this means that
By 3a, .
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