# Determinant of a matrix over the integers mod n

Hi,

I'm curious if the following statement is true for all prime numbers n,

$\det_{\mathbb{Z}_n}M = (\det_{\mathbb{R}}M)\mod n$

where $\det_F M$ is the determinant of M over the field F.

Thanks.

James

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AKG
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Z isn't a field. But if you mean that if you take a matrix, and compute its determinant by multiplying, adding, and subtracting the entries as integers and then reduce mod n, versus if you do all the arithmetic mod n, then the answer is 'yes'.

Thanks for the correction, I guess what I meant to say was $\mathbb{R}$.

mathwonk