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```College Algebra
Fifth Edition
James Stewart  Lothar Redlin

Saleem Watson
7
Matrices
and Determinants
7.4
Determinants
and Cramer’s Rule
Determinants
If a matrix is square (that is, if it has the same
number of rows as columns), then we can
assign to it a number called its determinant.
• Determinants can be used to solve systems of
linear equations--as we will see later in the section.
• They are also useful in determining whether
a matrix has an inverse.
Determinant of a 2 x 2 Matrix
Determinant of 1 x 1 matrix
We denote the determinant of a square
matrix A by the symbol det(A) or | A |.
We first define det(A) for the simplest
cases.
• If A = [a] is a 1 x 1 matrix, then det(A) = a.
Determinant of a 2 x 2 Matrix
The determinant of the 2 x 2 matrix
a b 
A

is:
c d 
det( A)  A 
a b
c d
E.g. 1—Determinant of a 2 x 2 Matrix
Evaluate | A | for
6 3
2
3
6 3
A

2 3 
 6  3  (3)2  18  (6)  24
Determinant of an n x n Matrix
Determinant of an n x n Matrix
To define the concept of determinant
for an arbitrary n x n matrix, we need
the following terminology.
Determinant of an n x n Matrix
Let A be an n x n matrix.
•
The minor Mij of the element aij is
the determinant of the matrix obtained by
deleting the ith row and jth column of A.
•
The cofactor Aij of the element aij is:
Aij = (–1)i + jMij
Determinant of an n x n Matrix
For example, A is the matrix  2 3 1
0 2 4


 2 5 6 
• The minor M12 is the determinant of the matrix
obtained by deleting the first row and second
column from A.
2
3 1
0
4
M12  0 2 4 
 0(6)  4( 2)  8
2 6
2 5 6
• So, the cofactor A12 = (–1)1+2M12 = –8
Determinant of an n x n Matrix
Similarly,
2
• M33  0
3 1
2
2 5
2 3
4 
 22  30  4
0 2
6
• So, A33 = (–1)3+3 M33 = 4
Determinant of an n x n Matrix
Note that the cofactor of aij is simply
the minor of aij multiplied by either 1 or –1,
depending on whether i + j is even or odd.
• Thus, in a 3 x 3 matrix, we obtain the cofactor
of any element by prefixing its minor with the sign
obtained from the following
   
checkerboard pattern.
  


    
Determinant of a Square Matrix
We are now ready to define
the determinant of any square
matrix.
Determinant of a Square Matrix
If A is an n x n matrix, the determinant of A
is obtained by multiplying each element of
the first row by its cofactor, and then adding
the results.
a11 a12
a1n
a21 a22
a2 n
det( A)  A 
an1 an 2
ann
 a11A11  a12 A12  ...  a1n A1n
E.g. 2—Determinant of a 3 x 3 Matrix
Evaluate the determinant of
the matrix.
 2 3

A 0 2
 2 5
1

4
6 
E.g. 2—Determinant of a 3 x 3 Matrix
det( A)
2 3 1
 0 2 4
2 5 6
2 4
0 4
0 2
2
3
 ( 1)
5 6
2 6
2 5
 2(2  6  4  5)  3 0  6  4( 2)  0  5  2( 2)
 16  24  4
 44
Expanding the Determinant
In our definition of the determinant, we used
the cofactors of elements in the first row only.
• This is called expanding the determinant by
the first row.
• In fact, we can expand the determinant by
any row or column in the same way, and obtain
the same result in each case.
• We won’t prove this, though.
E.g. 3—Expanding Determinant about Row and Column
Let A be the matrix of Example 2.
Evaluate the determinant of A by expanding
(a) by the second row
(b) by the third column
• Verify that each expansion gives
the same value.
Example (a)
Expanding by the second row, we get:
2 3 1
det( A)  0 2 4
2 5 6
3 1
2 1
2 3
 0
2
4
5 6
2 6
2 5
 0  2  2  6  ( 1)( 2)  4 2.5  3( 2)
 0  20  64  44
Example (b)
Expanding by the third column, we get:
2 3 1
det( A)  0 2 4
2 5 6
 1
0
2
2 5
4
2
3
2 5
6
2 3
0 2
  0  5  2( 2)  4 2  5  3( 2)
6  2.2  3  0
 4  64  24  44
E.g. 3—Expanding Determinant about Row and Column
In both cases, we obtain the same
value for the determinant as when we
expanded by the first row in Example 2.
Using Graphical Calculators
Graphing calculators are capable
of computing determinants.
• Here is the output
when the TI-83 is
used to calculate
the determinant
in Example 3.
Inverse of Square Matrix
The following criterion allows us to determine
whether a square matrix has an inverse
without actually calculating the inverse.
• This is one of the most important uses
of the determinant in matrix algebra.
• It is reason for the name determinant.
Invertibility Criterion
If A is a square matrix, then A has
an inverse if and only if det(A) ≠ 0.
• We will not prove this fact.
• However, from the formula for the inverse
of a 2 x 2 matrix, you can see why it is true
in the 2 x 2 case.
E.g. 4—Determinant to Show Matrix Is Not Invertible
Show that the matrix A
has no inverse.
1
0
A
5

2
2
0
6
4
• We begin by calculating
the determinant of A.
• Since all but one of the elements
of the second row is zero, we expand
the determinant by the second row.
0
0
2
0
4

3
6

9
E.g. 4—Determinant to Show Matrix Is Not Invertible
If we do so, we see from this equation that
only the cofactor A24 needs to be calculated.
det( A)
1 2 0 4

0 0 0 3
5 6 2 6
2 4 0 9
 0  A21  0  A22  0  A23  3  A24
 3 A24
E.g. 4—Determinant to Show Matrix Is Not Invertible
1 2 0
35 6 2
2 4 0
 3( 2)
1 2
2 4
 3( 2)(1 4  2  2)
0
• Since the determinant of A is zero, A cannot have
an inverse—by the Invertibility Criterion.
Row and Column
Transformations
Row and Column Transformations
The preceding example shows that, if
we expand a determinant about a row or
column that contains many zeros, our work
is reduced considerably.
• We don’t have to evaluate the cofactors
of the elements that are zero.
Row and Column Transformations
The following principle often simplifies
the process of finding a determinant by
introducing zeros into it without changing
its value.
Row and Column Transformations of a Determinant
If A is a square matrix, and if the matrix B
is obtained from A by adding a multiple of
one row to another, or a multiple of one
column to another, then
det(A) = det(B)
E.g. 5—Using Row and Column Transformations
Find the determinant of the matrix A.
 8
 3
A
24

 2
2 1  4 

5 3
11
6 1 12 

2 7 1
• Does it have an inverse?
E.g. 5—Using Row and Column Transformations
If we add –3 times row 1 to row 3,
we change all but one element of row 3
to zeros:
8 2 1 4 
3 5 3 11


0 0 4
0


2 2 7 1 
• This new matrix has the same
determinant as A.
E.g. 5—Using Row and Column Transformations
If we expand its determinant by
the third row, we get:
8 2 4
det( A)  4 3 5 11
2 2 1
• Now, adding 2 times column 3
to column 1 in this determinant
gives us the following result.
E.g. 5—Using Row and Column Transformations
0
2 4
det( A)  4 25 5 11  4( 25)
0
2 1
2 4
2 1
 4( 25) 2( 1)  ( 4)2
 600
• Since the determinant of A is not zero,
A does have an inverse.
Cramer’s Rule
Linear Equations and Determinants
The solutions of linear equations
can sometimes be expressed using
determinants.
• To illustrate, let’s solve the following pair
of linear equations for the variable x.
ax  by  r

cx  dy  s
Linear Equations and Determinants
To eliminate the variable y, we multiply
the first equation by d and the second
by b, and subtract.
bcx  bdy  bs
adx  bcx  rd  bs
Linear Equations and Determinants
Factoring the left-hand side, we get:
(ad – bc)x = rd – bs
• Assuming that ad – bc ≠ 0, we can now
solve this equation for x:
rd  bs
x
• Similarly, we find:
as  cr
y
Linear Equations and Determinants
The numerator and denominator of the
fractions for x and y are determinants
of 2 x 2 matrices.
• So, we can express the solution of the system
using determinants as follows.
Cramer’s Rule for Systems in Two Variables
The linear system ax  by  r

cx  dy  s
has the solution
r b
a r
s d
c s
x
y
a b
a b
c
d
c
d
provided
a b
c d
0
Cramer’s Rule
Using the notation
a b 
r b 
a r 
D
Dx  
Dy  



c d 
s d 
c s 
the solution of the system can be written
as:
Dy
Dx
x
and y 
D
D
E.g. 6—Cramer’s Rule for a System with Two Variables
Use Cramer’s Rule to solve
the system.
2x  6y  1

 x  8y  2
E.g. 6—Cramer’s Rule for a System with Two Variables
For this system, we have:
2 6
D 
 2  8  6  1  10
1 8
Dx
1 6

 ( 1)8  6  2  20
2 8
Dy
2 1

 2  2  ( 1)1  5
1 2
E.g. 6—Cramer’s Rule for a System with Two Variables
The solution is:
20
 2

x
10
D
Dx
Dy
5 1


y
10 2
D
Cramer’s Rule
Cramer’s Rule can be extended to apply
to any system of n linear equations
in n variables in which the determinant
of the coefficient matrix is not zero.
Cramer’s Rule
As we saw in the preceding section, any
such system can be written in matrix form
as:
 a11 a12
a
a
21
22



an1 an 2
a1n   x1   b1 





a2n   x2   b2 

   
   
ann   xn  bn 
Cramer’s Rule
By analogy with our derivation of Cramer’s
Rule in the case of two equations in two
unknowns, we let:
• D be the coefficient matrix in this system.
• Dxi be the matrix obtained by replacing the ith
column of D by the numbers b1, b2, . . . , bn
that appear to the right of the equal sign.
The solution of the system is then given by
the following rule.
Cramer’s Rule
Suppose a system of n linear equations
in the n variables x1, x2, . . . , xn is equivalent
to the matrix equation DX = B, and |D| ≠ 0.
• Then, its solutions are:
x1 
Dx1
D
, x2 
Dx2
D
, ..., xn 
where Dxi is the matrix obtained by replacing
the ith column of D by the n x 1 matrix B.
Dxn
D
E.g. 7—Cramer’s Rule for a System of Three Variables
Use Cramer’s Rule to solve the system.
2 x  3 y  4 z  1

 6z  0
 x
3 x  2y
5

• First, we evaluate the determinants
that appear in Cramer’s Rule.
E.g. 7—Cramer’s Rule for a System of Three Variables
2 3 4
1 3 4
D  1 0 6  38
3 2 0
Dx  0 0 6  78
5 2 0
2 1 4
Dy  1 0 6  22
3 5 0
2 3 1
Dz  1 0 0  13
3 2 5
• Note that D is the coefficient matrix and that Dx, Dy,
and Dz are obtained by replacing the first, second,
and third columns of D by the constant terms.
E.g. 7—Cramer’s Rule for a System of Three Variables
Now, we use Cramer’s Rule to get
the solution:
Dx
78 39
x


D
38 19
22 11
y


D
38 19
Dy
Dz
13
13
z


D
38
38
Cramer’s Rule
Solving the system in Example 7 using
Gaussian elimination would involve matrices
whose elements are fractions with fairly large
denominators.
• Thus, in cases like Examples 6 and 7,
Cramer’s Rule gives us an efficient way
to solve systems of linear equations.
Limitations of Cramer’s Rule
However, in systems with more than three
equations, evaluating the various
determinants involved is usually a long and
• This is unless you are using a graphing
calculator.
Limitations of Cramer’s Rule
Moreover, the rule doesn’t apply if
| D | = 0 or if D is not a square matrix.
• So, Cramer’s Rule is a useful alternative
to Gaussian elimination—but only in some
situations.
Areas of Triangles
Using Determinants
Areas of Triangles Using Determinants
Determinants provide a simple way
to calculate the area of a triangle
in the coordinate plane.
Area of a Triangle
If a triangle in the coordinate plane has
vertices (a1, b1), (a2, b2), and (a3, b3), then
its area is:
a1 b1 1
area   21 a2
a3
b2 1
b3 1
where the sign is chosen
to make the area positive.
E.g. 8—Area of a Triangle
Find the area of the triangle shown.
• The vertices are:
(–1, 4), (3, 6), (1, 2)
E.g. 8—Area of a Triangle
Using the formula for the area of a triangle,
we get:
1 4 1
area   21 3
1
6 1   21  12 
2 1
• To make the area positive, we choose