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Consider the following determinant $\Delta = \begin{vmatrix} 1 & a & bc \\ 1 & b & ca \\ 1 & C & ab \end{vmatrix}$

Which of the following is a factor of $\Delta$?

  1. $a+b$
  2. $a-b$
  3. $a+b+c$
  4. $abc$
asked in Linear Algebra by Veteran (59.5k points)
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Take a=1,b=2,c=3

Det will come as 2

Only b will be factor(1-2=-1)
#rahul didnt get ur approach ??
take some random example with a b and c values.

Solve determinant

use options to see what can be factor

@rahul sharma 5 

just small addition to your approach , whenever you take numbers to solve question vy hit and trial , first check if all options yield different results so that you don't need to do backtrack with some other set of numbers. here for 1,2,3, both c and d gives 6 , better to select 2,3,4 for this question

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$\begin{vmatrix} 1 &a &bc \\ 1& b& ca\\ 1& c& ab \end{vmatrix}$

$\begin{vmatrix} 1 &a &bc \\ 0& b-a& ca-bc\\ 0& c-a& ab-bc \end{vmatrix} \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ R_{2}\rightarrow R_{2}- R_{1} \ \ , \ R_{3}\rightarrow R_{3}- R_{1}$

$(b-a)( ab-bc) - (c-a)(ca-bc)$

$-(a-b) \ \ b \ \ ( a-c) + (a-c)\ \ c \ \ (a-b)$

$(a-b)( a-c) (c-b)$

Option$(B)a-b$ is the correct choice.
answered by Boss (40.3k points)
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@leen how (c-b) in last line

it should be (b+c) na?

 A_i_$_h my name is leen not leena. i am a boy not a girl.

$-(a-b) \ \ b \ \ ( a-c) + (a-c)\ \ c \ \ (a-b)$

$(a-c)\ \ c \ \ (a-b) - (a-b) \ \ b \ \ ( a-c) $

$(a-b)( a-c) (c-b)$
oops sorry:(  dint notice that properly

@leen what is wrng in  Bhagirathi's approach

We can't multiply two rows or column because after multiplying the value of determinant will change.we can multiply some constant to rows or column to solve the determinant and also add and subtract two column.
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Answer is B

R2->R2 - R1

R3 -> R3 - R2

you will gt det = (a-b)*(a-c)*(b+c)

in matrix operations, you cannot multiply rows or columns. That will not yield the same matrix. So abc is not correct
answered by Active (1.1k points)
cant we multiply R1 by a

R2 by b and R3 by c. This will give abc as a factor.
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Answer : (b)

answered by Active (2.1k points)
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now take common abc from C3

now we can see C1 and C2 is equal so abc is a factor

answered by Boss (14.2k points)

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