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Unformatted text preview: Section 2.2: Evaluating Determinants by Row Reduction We will look at the relationship between the determinants of rowequivalent matrices. Recall we have 3 elementary matrix operations 1. Interchange two rows 2. Muptiply a row bya nonzero constant 3. Add a multiple of one row to another row Lets see the effects of these operations on a 2 2 matrix. Let A = a b c d (a) A = a b c d R 1 R 2 B = c d a b det A = ad bc, det B = cb ad = ( ad bc ) Observation: Interchanging two rows effected the determinat by a (1) factor. That is det ( B ) = det ( A ) (b) A = a b c d 2 R 1 B = 2 a 2 b c d det A = ad bc, det B = 2 ad 2 bc = 2( ad bc ) Observation: Multiplying a row by 2 (any number k) effected the determinat by a factor 2 (k). That is det ( B ) = 2 det ( A ) (in general det ( B ) = k det ( A ) ) (c) A = a b c d 2 R 1 + R 2 B = a b c + 2 a d + 2 b det A = ad bc, det B = a ( d + 2 b ) b ( c + 2 a ) = ( ad bc ) Observation: Adding a multiple of a row to another row does not change the determinat. That is det ( B ) = det ( A ) These observations in fact apply to any size square matrix.These observations in fact apply to any size square matrix....
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2011 for the course ENGR 130 taught by Professor Zhang during the Spring '11 term at University of Alberta.
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