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PreCalculus / Amankwa, Kwadwo (Amankwa)
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Finding the determinant of a 3x3 matrix

Evaluate the following determinant.

−5 3 1
−6 −5 −6
3 5 1

a 11 a 12 a 13 a 11 a 12 a 13

The determinant of the matrix A = a 21 a 22 a 23 is written A or a 21 a 22 a 23 .

a 31 a 32 a 33 a 31 a 32 a 33

The value of the determinant can be found as follows.

a 11 a 12 a 13
a 22 a 23 a 21 a 23 a 21 a 22
a 21 a 22 a 23 = a 11 − a 12 + a 13
a 32 a 33 a 31 a 33 a 31 a 32
a 31 a 32 a 33

= a 11 a 22a 33 − a 32a 23 − a 12 a 21a 33 − a 31a 23 + a 13 a 21a 32 − a 31a 22

Therefore, we have the following.

−5 3 1
−5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5
−6 −5 −6 = −5 −3 +1
5 1 3 1 3 5
3 5 1
= − 5 − 5∙1 − 5∙ − 6 − 3 − 6∙1 − 3∙ − 6 + − 6∙5 − 3∙ − 5
= − 5 − 5 + 30 − 3 − 6 + 18 + − 30 + 15

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