Homework Help: One more

1. Jan 1, 2007

sara_87

just one last question on matrices, if you don't mind...

Question:

B is a 3*3 matrix det(B)= -3

find det(B^T)

(B^T is B transpose)

have none!

help would be greatly appreciated

2. Jan 1, 2007

HalfManHalfAmazing

What is the relationship between the 2 determinates we are looking at here? Does 'transposing' the matrix effect the determinate? if so, how?

3. Jan 1, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
Well, to derive it, consider a general 3x3 matrix $$\left(\begin{array}{ccc} a&b&c\\d&e&f\\g&h&i \end{array}\right)$$ and expand the determinant

$$\left|\begin{array}{ccc} a&b&c\\d&e&f\\g&h&i \end{array}\right|= a\left|\begin{array}{cc}e&f\\h&i\end{array}\right| - b\left|\begin{array}{cc}d&f\\g&i\end{array}\right|+c\left|\begin{array}{cc}d&e\\g&h\end{array}\right|=\cdots$$

Then consider the transposed matrix $$\left(\begin{array}{ccc} a&d&g\\b&e&h\\c&f&i \end{array}\right)$$ and expand this in a similar way. Compare the two results.

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4. Jan 1, 2007

sara_87

it's the same!
so the determinant of det(B^T) =det(B)=-3

5. Jan 1, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus