Determinant question

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Q54.

Homework Equations



Cofactor expansion (along 1st column)

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azzarooni88
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What happened to your equation. You're starting with the determinant equalling 0. You lost one side of your equation.
solving the determinant equal to 0
 
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solving the determinant equal to 0
If you're solving an equation, you have to actually have an equation.
In your first line, you start off with "= ..." followed by a bunch of expressions. You seem to have lost one side of your equation.
 
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azzarooni88
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If you're solving an equation, you have to actually have an equation.
In your first line, you start off with "= ..." followed by a bunch of expressions. You seem to have lost one side of your equation.
I think my working is logical. I start off with 0=... and just don't continue writing 0 on the LHS as I solve for the RHS. Ultimately I get 0=x2 - x(b+a) +ab
 
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I think my working is logical. I start off with 0=... and just don't continue writing 0 on the LHS as I solve for the RHS. Ultimately I get 0=x2 - x(b+a) +ab

Okay, can you solve that equation for ##x##?
 

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