Math 419
Solutions  Sections 4.14.3
Winter 2010
26 from 4.2
It is easy to see that the first column the matrix
A
is
a
1
=
1
2
3
.
.
.
n
Similarly, the second column is
a
2
= 2
a
1
; the third column is
a
+ 3 = 3
a
1
; . . . ; the
n
th
column is
a
n
=
na
1
. These are l.d., hence det
A
= 0. (if
n
= 1, then det
A
= 1).
16 from 4.3
(a) Consider the first three columns of
A
. Note that the system
c
1
a
1
+
c
2
a
2
+
c
3
a
3
= 0
is equivalent to a system of two equations with three variables.
Thus it has to have a
nontrivial solution, and so the first three columns of
A
are l.d.. Hence the columns of
A
are l.d., and so det(
A
) = 0.
(b) In the big formula (page 212) we see that det(
A
) is a sum of 120 numbers, each of
these is a product of five numbers. These products are made of five numbers, one from
each column and row. The precise meaning of “one from each column and row” is that
once you pick a number from one column the next number comes from a different row in
the next column. With this in mind one can see that one only has to care for those from
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 Spring '08
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