# Manuals/calci/MDETERM

MDETERM(a)

• is the array of numeric elements.
• MDETERM(), returns the matrix determinant of an array.

## Description

• This function gives the determinant value of a matrix.
• To calculate the determinant of a matrix, we can choose only square matrix.i.e. Number of rows and number of columns should be equal.
• Determinant of the identity matrix is always 1.
• Determinant of the matrix is denoted by or .
• Let be 2x2 matrix with the elements

• Then , where all are real numbers.
• Let be the 3x3 matrix with the elements

Then :

• Let be a square matrix of order . Write ,
• Where is the entry on the row and column and to & to .
• For any and , set (called the co-factors), then the general formula for determinant of the matrix is,

, for any fixed . Also, for any fixed .

• This function will give the result as error when
1. Any one of the element in array is empty or contain non-numeric
2. Number of rows is not equal to number of columns


## ZOS

• The syntax is to calculate determinant of a matrix in ZOS is .
• is the array of numeric elements.
• For e.g.,MDETERM([[2.3,4.1,5.9],[3.5,6.2,1.3],[2.8,9.1,8.4]])

## Examples

1. =MDETERM([[6,4,8],[3,6,1],[2,4,5]]) = 104
2. =MDETERM([[-5,10],[6,-8]]) = -20
3. =MDETERM([[1,0,2,1],[4,0,2,-1],[1,4,5,2],[3,1,2,0]]) = 17
4. =MDETERM([1,2,3],[5,2,8]) = NAN

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