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Can you take the determinant of a mxn matrix where m>n

  1. Sep 23, 2012 #1
    Number of rows>number of columns.

    Just out of curiosity, i've never seen this done before. I don't even know how if it were possible.



    Same with an mxn matrix where n>m+1. I don't think you would be able to find the determinant of this either.
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2012 #2

    jbunniii

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    No, the operation is not defined.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2012 #3

    gabbagabbahey

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    If you look up the definition of matrix determinant in your textbook, you'll see the answer fairly quickly!:wink:
     
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