The fuction D(t) is the determinant of a 4x4 matrix:
D(t) = |1 2 3 4|
|-1 0 -2 0|
|4 3 2 1|
|1 1 2 t|
Find the determinant D(t) and find the value t0 which gives D(t0) = 2/7
You could use the Laplace expansion, If you are confused about the method to be used for evaluating det of this 4x4 matix. Firstly, you choose any element or, if lacking, . Then you use as a pivot, apply elementary row [column] operations to put 0s in all other positions in column j [row i]. Then expand the determinant cofactors of column j [row i]. Let's see how you go.