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Matrix calculation help

  1. Aug 5, 2010 #1
    The question just says "Calculate" followed by these:

    a)
    |a+b -b|
    | b a-b|

    b)
    | 2 4-n|
    | 1 2 |

    c)
    |0 a 0|
    |0 0 b|
    |c 0 0|

    In the question the lines at the edges are joined up, but not brackets. I don't know what to calculate or how to do it. A worked example would be helpful!
     
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  3. Aug 5, 2010 #2

    ehild

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    Re: Matrix

    These things between two vertical lines can be determinants. Look after, how to calculate the value of a determinant.

    ehild
     
  4. Aug 5, 2010 #3
    Re: Matrix

    So for part a) would the answer be: a^2 - 2b^2 ?
     
  5. Aug 5, 2010 #4

    ehild

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    Re: Matrix

    Not quite... You have to subtract (-b^2).

    ehild
     
  6. Aug 5, 2010 #5
    Re: Matrix

    oh yeah, woops, so it's actually just a^2?
     
  7. Aug 5, 2010 #6

    Mark44

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    Re: Matrix

    Yes.
     
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