# Matrices in Mathematica -- How to calculate eigenvalues, eigenvectors, determinants and inverses?

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• Lambda96
In summary, the conversation was about a bonus assignment involving the use of Mathematica to calculate matrices and their determinants. The person is a beginner with Mathematica and was able to complete some tasks, but is having trouble with task d and getting an error. They are seeking help from others and were able to use a trick to plot the eigenvalues for different values of n without repeating the calculation.
Lambda96
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How to calculate eigenvalues, eigenvectors, determinants and inverses of a general nxn matrix
Hi,

In my linear algebra homework, there is a bonus assignment where we are supposed to use Mathematica to calculate matrices and their determinants etc. here is the assignment.

Unfortunately, I am a complete newbie when it comes to Mathematica, this is the first time I have worked with Mathematica.

I was able to calculate the task a to c. Here is the solution for task b and the Matrix for the case ##n=5##.

I have now problems with the task d, where I should calculate the determinants, eigenvalues, etc for the general case n or rather give a formula.

For the determinant as an example I proceeded as follows and unfortunately I get the following error:

Unfortunately I don't know how to fix the error or is my initial equation already wrong?

You can't leave n undefined. Mathematica can't find the rule for arbitrary n by itself. You have to calculate the result for explicit values of n, and then find by yourself the general rule.

Lambda96 and renormalize
As DrClaude says, ##n## must be specified explicitly:

The pattern is pretty obvious.

DrClaude and Lambda96
Thanks DrClaude and renormalize for your help

Thanks also renormalize for the trick with plotting n objects in Mathematica, so I could directly plot the eigenvalues from ##n=1## to ##n=10## without repeating the calculation 10 times

I could now recognize corresponding patterns for the other values

renormalize and DrClaude

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