Asked • 03/30/19

Use of determinants?

I have been teaching myself maths (primarily calculus) throughout this and last year, and was stumped with the use of determinants. In the math textbooks I have, they simply show how to compute a determinant and some properties about them (i.e. Cramer's Rule), but not why they are used and how they work. So my question is, how do they work and why/when would I know to use them to help solve something?

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Ethan S. answered • 04/18/19

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