Q. 1 A4.1( 30 Votes )

# Write the minors

Let Mij and Cij represents the minor and co–factor of an element, where i and j represent the row and column.

The minor of the matrix can be obtained for a particular element by removing the row and column where the element is present. Then finding the absolute value of the matrix newly formed.

Also, Cij = (–1)i+j × Mij M11 = –1

M21 = 20

C11 = (–1)1+1 × M11

= 1 × –1

= –1

C21 = (–1)2+1 × M21

= 20 × –1

= –20

Now expanding along the first column we get

|A| = a11 × C11 + a21× C21

= 5× (–1) + 0 × (–20)

= –5

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