# Determinant of matrix

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• May 21st 2011, 06:57 AM
Stuck Man
Determinant of matrix
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Is this a 3 by 4 matrix? I know how to find the determinant of a 3 by 3 matrix. How is the determinant calculated for this matrix?
• May 21st 2011, 07:01 AM
Prove It
You would be trying to evaluate $\displaystyle \left|\begin{matrix}1 & 2 & \phantom{a}-1\\ a & 3 & \phantom{a -}1\\ 2 & 1 & a - 1\end{matrix}\right|$