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Question 11 

Find the determinant of the matrix: 
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Hint 

Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH221/April 2010/Question 11/Hint 1 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To compute the determinant, we must perform Gaussian elimination on this matrix until it is in upper triangular form, at which point the determinant of the matrix will be the product of the main diagonal. To get this matrix into upper triangular form, take row 2 and subtract it from row 1, then take row 3 and subtract it from row 1, and finally take row 4 and subtract it from row 1. This produces the matrix:
Note this matrix is in upper triangular form since there are all 0’s below the main diagonal. The determinant is the product of the diagonal, which is just Therefore, the determinant of the matrix is 6. 