Determinant of a 3×3 Matrix

Introduction

The determinant of a square matrix (one with the same number of rows and columns) is a calculated quality used to define other properties of that matrix.

(Don’t worry right now about the vague definition; many math professionals would have a hard time doing a better job.)

Calculating the determinant of a 3×3 (or larger) matrix uses the same technique as the 2×2 matrix — take the sum of the products of the down-diagonals () and then subtract the sum of the products of the up-diagonals (/).

Determinant of a 3×3 Matrix

Learn how to calculate the determinant of a 3×3 matrix with this Formula Solver Series tutorial. It even explains the process for any square matrix of 4×4 or larger.

16 thoughts on “Determinant of a 3×3 Matrix

  1. well, this has really helped me a lot. Thank you very much and hope to get similar answer sometime. Once again thank you

  2. Thankyou so much!!!
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  3. This is great, I missed a day in class and finals are coming up, didn’t know how to even attempt the 3×3 matrix. Thank you very much

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