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Forty three. [M] Is it true that det. A C B/ D det A C det B ? To ﬁnd out, generate random five five matrices A and B , and compute det. A C B/ det A det B . (Refer to Exercise 37 in Sec- houses of Determinants 169 tion 2. 1. ) Repeat the calculations for three other pairs of n n matrices, for various values of n. Report your results. forty four. [M] Is it real that det AB D . det A/. det B/? scan with four pairs of random matrices as in Exercise 43, and make a conjecture. forty five. [M] Construct a random four four matrix A with integer entries among nine and 9, and compare det A with det AT , det. A/, det. 2A/, and det. 10A/. Repeat with two other random four four integer matrices, and make conjectures about how these determinants are related. (Refer to Exercise 36 in Section 2. 1. ) Then check your conjectures with several random five five and six 6 integer matrices. Modify your conjectures, if necessary, and report your results. forty six. [M] How is det A 1 comparable to det A? test with random n n integer matrices for n D four, five, and 6, and make a conjecture. notice: In the unlikely event that you encounter a matrix with a zero determinant, reduce it to echelon form and discuss what you ﬁnd. technique to perform challenge Take advantage of the zeros. Begin with a cofactor expansion down the third column to obtain a three three matrix, which may be evaluated by an expansion down its ﬁrst column. ˇ ˇ ˇ five ˇ ˇ 7 2 2 ˇˇ ˇ ˇ zero three four ˇˇ ˇ zero ˇ ˇ three zero four ˇ ˇ D . 1/1C3 2ˇ five eight three ˇˇ ˇ five ˇ eight zero three ˇˇ ˇ ˇ zero five 6ˇ ˇ zero five zero 6ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ3 four ˇˇ 2C1 ˇ D 2 . 1/ . 5/ˇ D 20 five 6ˇ The . 1/2C1 in the next-to-last calculation came from the . 2; 1/-position of the the three three determinant. five in three. 2 houses OF DETERMINANTS The secret of determinants lies in how they change when row operations are performed. The following theorem generalizes the results of Exercises 19–24 in Section three. 1. The proof is at the end of this section. THEOREM three Row Operations enable A be a square matrix. a. If a multiple of one row of A is added to another row to produce a matrix B , then det B D det A. b. If two rows of A are interchanged to produce B , then det B D det A. c. If one row of A is multiplied by ok to produce B , then det B D ok det A. The following examples convey how to use Theorem three to ﬁnd determinants efﬁciently. one hundred seventy bankruptcy three Determinants 2 1 instance 1 Compute det A, the place A D four 2 1 four eight 7 three 2 nine five. zero resolution The strategy is to reduce A to echelon form and then to use the fact that the determinant of a triangular matrix is the product of the diagonal entries. The ﬁrst two row replacements in column 1 do not change the determinant: ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ 1 four 2 ˇˇ ˇˇ 1 four 2 ˇˇ ˇˇ 1 four 2 ˇˇ ˇ nine ˇˇ D ˇˇ zero zero five ˇˇ D ˇˇ zero zero five ˇˇ det A D ˇˇ 2 eight ˇ 1 ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ 7 zero 1 7 zero zero three 2ˇ An interchange of rows 2 and 3 reverses the sign of the determinant, so ˇ ˇ ˇ1 four 2 ˇˇ ˇ 2 ˇˇ D . 1/. 3/. five/ D 15 det A D ˇˇ zero three ˇ0 zero fiveˇ A common use of Theorem 3(c) in hand calculations is to factor out a common multiple of one row of a matrix. For instance, ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ 5k ˇ D okayˇ five ˇ 2k 3k 2 three ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ where the starred entries are unchanged.