# Homework Help: Can you take the determinant of a mxn matrix where m>n

1. Sep 23, 2012

### charlies1902

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.

2. Sep 23, 2012

### jbunniii

No, the operation is not defined.

3. Sep 23, 2012

### gabbagabbahey

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