October 10th, 2011, 10:40 AM  #1 
Member Joined: Aug 2011 From: student Posts: 55 Thanks: 0  determinant
To calculate the determinant of the following matrix, I would like to ask is it possible to eliminate any lines,because I don't see how 1) 
October 10th, 2011, 10:50 AM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4  Re: determinant
By subtracting the third row from the second, you have (0 2a 0) for the second row. Then doing cofactor expansion will be a breeze. 

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