# NCERT Solutions Class 12 Maths Chapter 4 Determinants

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4.1 Introduction

4.2 Determinant

4.2.1 Determinant of a matrix of order one

4.2.2 Determinant of a matrix of order two

4.2.3 Determinant of a matrix of order 3 × 3

4.3 Properties of Determinants

4.4 Area of a Triangle

4.5 Minors and Cofactors

4.6 Adjoint and Inverse of a Matrix

4.6.1 Adjoint of a matrix

4.7 Applications of Determinants and Matrices

4.7.1 Solution of system of linear equations using inverse of a matrix.

## Determinants NCERT Solutions – Class 12 Maths

**Exercise 4.1 :** Solutions of Questions on Page Number** : 108**

**Q1 :Evaluate the determinants in Exercises 1 and 2.
**

**Answer:**

= 2( – 1) – 4( – 5) = – 2 + 20 = 18

**Q2 : Evaluate the determinants in Exercises 1 and 2.**

** (i) (ii)
**

**Answer :**

**(i) = (cos θ)(cos θ) – ( – sin θ)(sin θ)=cos**

^{2}θ+ sin

^{2}θ = 1

(ii)

= (x^{2} – x + 1)(x + 1) – (x – 1)(x + 1)

= x^{3} – x^{2} + x + x^{2} – x + 1 – (x^{2} – 1)

= x^{3} + 1 – x^{2} + 1

= x^{3} – x^{2} + 2

**Q3 :If, then show that
**

**Answer :**

The given matrix is

.

**Q4 :****If, then show that**

**Answer :**

The given matrix is.

It can be observed that in the first column, two entries are zero. Thus, we expand along the first column (C_{1}) for easier calculation.

From equations (i) and (ii), we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q5 :Evaluate the determinants**

**(i) (iii)**

**(ii) (iv)**

**Answer :**

(i) Let.

It can be observed that in the second row, two entries are zero. Thus, we expand along the second row for easier calculation.

(ii) Let.

By expanding along the first row, we have:

(iii) Let

By expanding along the first row, we have:

(iv) Let

By expanding along the first column, we have:

**Q6 :Find values of x, if
(i) (ii)
Answer :
**(i)

(ii)

**Q7 :If, then x is equal to**

** (A) 6 (B) ±6 (C) – 6 (D) 0**

Answer :

**Answer: B**

Hence, the correct answer is B.

**Exercise 4.2 :** Solutions of Questions on Page Number : **119**

**Q1 :Using the property of determinants and without expanding, prove that:
Answer :**

**Q2 :Using the property of determinants and without expanding, prove that:**

**Answer :**

Here, the two rows R1 and R3 are identical.

Δ = 0.

**Q3 : Using the property of determinants and without expanding, prove that:**

**Answer :**

**Q4 : Using the property of determinants and without expanding, prove that:**

**Answer :
**

By applying C_{3} → C_{3} + C_{2}, we have:

Here, two columns C_{1} and C_{3} are proportional.

Δ = 0.

**Q5 : Using the property of determinants and without expanding, prove that:**

**Answer :**

Applying R_{2} → R_{2} – R_{3}, we have:

Applying R_{1} ↔R_{3} and R_{2} ↔R_{3}, we have:

Applying R_{1} → R_{1} – R_{3}, we have:

Applying R_{1} ↔R_{2} and R_{2} ↔R_{3}, we have:

From (1), (2), and (3), we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q6 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**Answer :**

We have,

Here, the two rows R_{1} and R_{3} are identical.

∴Δ = 0.

**Q7 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**Answer :**

Applying R_{2→} R_{2} + R_{1} and R_{3→} R_{3} + R_{1}, we have:

**Q8 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**(i)**

**(ii)**

**Answer :**

(i)Applying R_{1→} R_{1} – R_{3} and R_{2} → R_{2} – R_{3}, we have:

Applying R_{1} → R_{1} + R_{2}, we have:

Expanding along C_{1}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

(ii) Let.

Applying C_{1→} C_{1} – C_{3} and C_{2→} C_{2} – C_{3}, we have:

Applying C_{1} → C_{1} + C_{2}, we have:

Expanding along C_{1}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q9 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**Answer :**

Applying R_{2} → R_{2} – R_{1} and R3→ R_{3} – R_{1}, we have:

Applying R_{3} → R_{3} + R_{2}, we have:

Expanding along R_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved

**Q10 : By using properties of determinants, show that:
(i)**

**(ii)**

**Answer :
**(i)

Applying R_{1} → R_{1} + R_{2} + R_{3}, we have:

Applying C_{2} → C_{2} – C_{1}, C_{3 }→ C_{3} – C_{1}, we have:

Expanding along C_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

(ii)

Applying R_{1→} R_{1} + R_{2} + R_{3}, we have:

Applying C_{2} → C_{2} – C_{1} and C_{3} → C_{3} – C_{1}, we have:

Expanding along C_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q11 : By using properties of determinants, show that:
(i)**

**(ii)**

**Answer :**

(i)

Applying R_{1}→ R_{1} + R_{2} + R_{3}, we have:

Applying C_{2}→ C_{2} – C_{1}, C_{3} → C_{3} – C_{1}, we have:

Expanding along C_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

(ii)

Applying C_{1} → C_{1} + C_{2} + C_{3}, we have:

Applying R_{2} →R_{2} – R_{1} and R_{3} R_{3} – R_{1}, we have:

Expanding along R_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q12 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**Answer :**

Applying R_{1→} R_{1} + R_{2} + R_{3}, we have:

Applying C_{2→} C_{2} – C_{1} and C_{3 }→ C_{3} – C_{1}, we have:

Expanding along R_{1}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q13 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**Answer :**

Applying R_{1}→ R_{1} + bR_{3} and R_{2}→ R_{2} – aR_{3}, we have:

Expanding along R_{1}, we have:

**Q14 : By using properties of determinants, show that:**

**Answer :**

Taking out common factors a, b, and c from R_{1}, R_{2}, and R_{3} respectively, we have:

Applying R_{2} → R_{2} – R_{1} and R_{3} → R_{3} – R_{1}, we have:

Applying C_{1} → aC_{1}, C_{2} → bC_{2}, and C_{3} → cC_{3}, we have:

Expanding along R_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q15 :Choose the correct answer.
Let A be a square matrix of order 3 × 3, then is equal to
A. B. C. D.**

**Answer :**

**Answer: C**

A is a square matrix of order 3 × 3.

Hence, the correct answer is C.

**Q16 :Which of the following is correct?
A. Determinant is a square matrix.
B. Determinant is a number associated to a matrix.
C. Determinant is a number associated to a square matrix.
D. None of these
Answer :
Answer: C**

We know that to every square matrix, of order n. We can associate a number called the determinant of square matrix A, where element of A.

Thus, the determinant is a number associated to a square matrix.

Hence, the correct answer is C.

**Exercise 4.3 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 122**

**Q1 :Find area of the triangle with vertices at the point given in each of the following:
(i) (1, 0), (6, 0), (4, 3) (ii) (2, 7), (1, 1), (10, 8)
(iii) (-2, -3), (3, 2), (-1, -8)
Answer :**

(i) The area of the triangle with vertices (1, 0), (6, 0), (4, 3) is given by the relation,

(ii) The area of the triangle with vertices (2, 7), (1, 1), (10, 8) is given by the relation,

(iii) The area of the triangle with vertices ( – 2, – 3), (3, 2), ( – 1, – 8)

is given by the relation,

Hence, the area of the triangle is.

**Q2 : Show that points**

**are collinear**

Answer :

Area of ΔABC is given by the relation,

Thus, the area of the triangle formed by points A, B, and C is zero.

Hence, the points A, B, and C are collinear.

**Q3 :Find values of k if area of triangle is 4 square units and vertices are
(i) (k, 0), (4, 0), (0, 2) (ii) (-2, 0), (0, 4), (0, k)
Answer :**

We know that the area of a triangle whose vertices are (x

_{1}, y

_{1}), (x

_{2}, y

_{2}), and (x

_{3}, y

_{3}) is the absolute value of the determinant (Δ), where

It is given that the area of triangle is 4 square units.

∴Δ = ± 4.

(i) The area of the triangle with vertices (k, 0), (4, 0), (0, 2) is given by the relation,

Δ =

∴ – k + 4 = ± 4

When – k + 4 = – 4, k = 8.

When – k + 4 = 4, k = 0.

Hence, k = 0, 8.

(ii) The area of the triangle with vertices ( – 2, 0), (0, 4), (0, k) is given by the relation,

Δ =

∴k – 4 = ± 4

When k – 4 = – 4, k = 0.

When k – 4 = 4, k = 8.

Hence, k = 0, 8.

**Q4 : (i) Find equation of line joining (1, 2) and (3, 6) using determinants
(ii) Find equation of line joining (3, 1) and (9, 3) using determinants
Answer :**

(i) Let P (x, y) be any point on the line joining points A (1, 2) and B (3, 6). Then, the points A, B, and P are collinear. Therefore, the area of triangle ABP will be zero.

Hence, the equation of the line joining the given points is y = 2x.

(ii) Let P (x, y) be any point on the line joining points A (3, 1) and

B (9, 3). Then, the points A, B, and P are collinear. Therefore, the area of triangle ABP will be zero.

Hence, the equation of the line joining the given points is x – 3y = 0.

**Q5 : If area of triangle is 35 square units with vertices (2, -6), (5, 4), and (k, 4). Then k is
A. 12 B. -2 C. -12, -2 D. 12, -2
Answer :
Answer: D**

The area of the triangle with vertices (2, – 6), (5, 4), and (k, 4) is given by the relation,

It is given that the area of the triangle is ±35.

Therefore, we have:

When 5 – k = – 7, k = 5 + 7 = 12.

When 5 – k = 7, k = 5 – 7 = – 2.

Hence, k = 12, – 2.

The correct answer is D.

**Exercise 4.4 : Solutions of Questions on Page Number : 126**

**Q1 : Write Minors and Cofactors of the elements of following determinants:
(i)**

**(ii)**

Answer :

Answer :

(i) The given determinant is.

Minor of element aij is M_{ij}.

∴M_{11} = minor of element a_{11} = 3

M_{12} = minor of element a_{12} = 0

M_{21} = minor of element a_{21} = – 4

M_{22} = minor of element a_{22} = 2

Cofactor of aij is Aij = ( – 1)^{i + j} Mij.

∴A_{11} = ( – 1)^{1+1} M_{11} = ( – 1)^{2} (3) = 3

A_{12} = ( – 1)^{1+2} M_{12} = ( – 1)^{3} (0) = 0

A_{21} = ( – 1)^{2+1} M_{21} = ( – 1)^{3} ( – 4) = 4

A_{22} = ( – 1)^{2+2} M_{22} = ( – 1)^{4} (2) = 2

(ii) The given determinant is.

Minor of element aij is Mij.

∴M_{11} = minor of element a_{11} = d

M_{12} = minor of element a_{12} = b

M_{21} = minor of element a_{21} = c

M_{22} = minor of element a_{22} = a

Cofactor of aij is Aij = ( – 1)i + j Mij.

∴A_{11} = ( – 1)^{1+1} M_{11} = ( – 1)^{2} (d) = d

A_{12} = ( – 1)^{1+2} M_{12} = ( – 1)^{3} (b) = – b

A_{21} = ( – 1)^{2+1} M_{21} = ( – 1)^{3} (c) = – c

A_{22} = ( – 1)^{2+2} M_{22} = ( – 1)^{4} (a) = a

**Q2 : (i) (ii)
Answer :**

(i) The given determinant is.

By the definition of minors and cofactors, we have:

M_{11} = minor of a_{11}=

M_{12} = minor of a_{12}=

M_{13} = minor of a_{13} =

M_{21} = minor of a_{21} =

M_{22} = minor of a_{22} =

M_{23} = minor of a_{23} =

M_{31} = minor of a_{31}=

M_{32} = minor of a_{32} =

M_{33} = minor of a_{33} =

A_{11} = cofactor of a_{11}= ( – 1)^{1+1} M_{11} = 1

A_{12} = cofactor of a_{12} = ( – 1)^{1+2} M_{12} = 0

A_{13} = cofactor of a_{13} = ( – 1)^{1+3} M_{13} = 0

A_{21} = cofactor of a_{21} = ( – 1)^{2+1} M_{21} = 0

A_{22} = cofactor of a_{22} = ( – 1)^{2+2} M_{22} = 1

A_{23} = cofactor of a_{23} = ( – 1)^{2+3} M_{23} = 0

A_{31} = cofactor of a_{31} = ( – 1)^{3+1} M_{31} = 0

A_{32} = cofactor of a_{32} = ( – 1)^{3+2} M_{32} = 0

A_{33} = cofactor of a_{33} = ( – 1)^{3+3} M_{33} = 1

(ii) The given determinant is.

By definition of minors and cofactors, we have:

M_{11} = minor of a_{11}=

M_{12} = minor of a_{12}=

M_{13} = minor of a_{13} =

M_{21} = minor of a_{21} =

M_{22} = minor of a_{22} =

**Q3 :Using Cofactors of elements of third column, evaluate
Answer :**

The given determinant is.We have:

M

_{13}=M

_{23}=M

_{33}=∴A

_{13}= cofactor of a

_{13}= ( – 1)

^{1+3}M

_{13}= (z – y)

A

_{23}= cofactor of a

_{23}= ( – 1)

^{2+3}M

_{23}= – (z – x) = (x – z)

A

_{33}= cofactor of a

_{33}= ( – 1)

^{3+3}M

_{33}= (y – x)

We know that Δ is equal to the sum of the product of the elements of the second row with their corresponding cofactors.

Hence,

**Q4 :Ifand Aij is Cofactors of aij, then value of Δ is given by**

**Answer :
Answer: D**

We know that:

Δ = Sum of the product of the elements of a column (or a row) with their corresponding cofactors

∴Δ = a

_{11}A

_{11}+ a

_{21}A

_{21}+ a

_{31}A

_{31}

Hence, the value of Δ is given by the expression given in alternative D.

The correct answer is D.

**Exercise 4.5 :** Solutions of Questions on Page Number** : 131**

**Q1:Find adjoint of each of the matrices.
Answer :**

**Q2:Find adjoint of each of the matrices.
Answer :**

**Q3:Verify A (adj A) = (adj A) A = I .
Answer :**

**Q4:Verify A (adj A) = (adj A) A = I .
Answer :**

**Q5:Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q6:Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q7:Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q8 :Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q9 :Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q10 :Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q11 :Find the inverse of each of the matrices (if it exists).
Answer :**

**Q12 :Let and. Verify that
Answer :**

From (1) and (2), we have:

(AB) – 1 = B – 1A – 1

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q13 :If, show that. Hence find.
Answer :**

**Q14 :For the matrix
, find the numbers a and b such that A2 + aA + bI = O.**

Answer :

**
**We have:

**Comparing the corresponding elements of the two matrices, we have:**

Hence, – 4 and 1 are the required values of a and b respectively.

**Q15 :For the matrixshow that A3 – 6A2 + 5A + 11 I = O. Hence, find A – 1.
Answer :**

**
**From equation (1), we have:

**Q16 :If verify that A ^{3} – 6A^{2} + 9A – 4I = O and hence find A – 1**

Answer :

**
**From equation (1), we have:

**Q17 :Let A be a nonsingular square matrix of order 3 × 3. Then is equal to
A. B. C. D.Answer :
Answer: B**

We know that,

Hence, the correct answer is B.

**Q18 :If A is an invertible matrix of order 2, then det (A – 1) is equal to
A. **det (A)

**B. C.**1

**D.**0

Answer :

Answer :

Since A is an invertible matrix,

Hence, the correct answer is B.

**Exercise 4.6 :** Solutions of Questions on Page Number **: 136**

**Q1 :Examine the consistency of the system of equations.
x + 2y = 2
2x + 3y = 3
Answer :**

The given system of equations is:

x + 2y = 2

2x + 3y = 3

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

∴ A is non-singular.

Therefore, A – 1 exists.

Hence, the given system of equations is consistent.

**Q2 :Examine the consistency of the system of equations.
2x – y = 5
x + y = 4
Answer :**

The given system of equations is:

2x – y = 5

x + y = 4

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

∴ A is non-singular.

Therefore, A – 1 exists.

Hence, the given system of equations is consistent.

**Q3 :Examine the consistency of the system of equations.
x + 3y = 5
2x + 6y = 8
Answer :**

The given system of equations is:

x + 3y = 5

2x + 6y = 8

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

∴ A is a singular matrix.

Thus, the solution of the given system of equations does not exist. Hence, the system of equations is inconsistent.

**Q4 :Examine the consistency of the system of equations.
x +y + z = 1
2x + 3y + 2z = 2
ax + ay + 2az = 4
Answer :**

The given system of equations is:

x +y + z = 1

2x + 3y + 2z = 2

ax + ay + 2az = 4

This system of equations can be written in the form AX = B, where

∴ A is non-singular.

Therefore, A – 1 exists.

Hence, the given system of equations is consistent

**Q5 :Examine the consistency of the system of equations.
3x – y – 2z = 2
2y – z = -1
3x – 5y = 3
Answer :**

The given system of equations is:

3x – y – 2z = 2

2y – z = – 1

3x – 5y = 3

This system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

∴ A is a singular matrix.

Thus, the solution of the given system of equations does not exist. Hence, the system of equations is inconsistent.

**Q6 :Examine the consistency of the system of equations.
5x – y + 4z = 5
2x + 3y + 5z = 2
5x – 2y + 6z = -1
Answer :**

The given system of equations is:

5x – y + 4z = 5

2x + 3y + 5z = 2

5x – 2y + 6z = – 1

This system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

∴ A is non-singular.

Therefore, A – 1 exists.

Hence, the given system of equations is consistent.

**Q7 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q8 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, whereThus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q9 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.**

Answer :

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, whereThus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q10 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
5x + 2y = 3
3x + 2y = 5
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q11 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q12 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
x – y + z = 4
2x + y – 3z = 0
x + y + z = 2
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q13 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
2x + 3y + 3z = 5
x – 2y + z = -4
3x – y – 2z = 3
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q14 :Solve system of linear equations, using matrix method.
x – y + 2z = 7
3x + 4y – 5z = -5
2x – y + 3z = 12
Answer :**

The given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

**Q15 :If, find A – 1. Using A – 1 solve the system of equations
Answer :**

Now, the given system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

**Q16 :The cost of 4 kg onion, 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice is Rs 60. The cost of 2 kg onion, 4 kg
wheat and 6 kg rice is Rs 90. The cost of 6 kg onion 2 kg wheat and 3 kg rice is Rs 70.
Find cost of each item per kg by matrix method.
Answer :**

Let the cost of onions, wheat, and rice per kg be Rs x, Rs y,and Rs z respectively.

Then, the given situation can be represented by a system of equations as:

This system of equations can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Now,

X = A ^{– 1} B

Hence, the cost of onions is Rs 5 per kg, the cost of wheat is Rs 8 per kg, and the cost of rice is Rs 8 per kg.

**Exercise Miscellaneous :** Solutions of Questions on Page Number : **141**

**Q1 : Prove that the determinant is independent of θ.
Answer:
**

**Q2 : Without expanding the determinant, prove that
Answer :**

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q3 : Evaluate
Answer :**Expanding along C

_{3}, we have:

**Q4 : If a, b and c are real numbers, and,Show that either a + b + c = 0 or a = b = c.
Answer :**

**
**Expanding along R

_{1}, we have:

Hence, if Δ = 0, then either a + b + c = 0 or a = b = c

**Q5 : Solve the equations
Answer :
**

**Q6 : Prove that
Answer :**

Expanding along R_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q7 : If
Answer :**

We know that.

**Q8 : Let verify that
(i)(ii)
Answer :**

(i)We have,

(ii)

**Q9 : Evaluate
Answer :**

Expanding along R_{1}, we have:

**Q10 :Evaluate
Answer :**

Expanding along C_{1}, we have:

**Q11 : Using properties of determinants, prove that:
Answer :**

Expanding along R_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q12 : Using properties of determinants, prove that:
**

**Answer :**

**
**Expanding along R

_{3}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q13 : Using properties of determinants, prove that:
Answer :**

Expanding along C_{1}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q14 : Using properties of determinants, prove that:
Answer :**

Expanding along C_{1}, we have:

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q15 : Using properties of determinants, prove that:
Answer :**

Hence, the given result is proved.

**Q16 : Solve the system of the following equations
Answer :**

Let

Then the given system of equations is as follows:

This system can be written in the form of AX = B, where

Thus, A is non-singular. Therefore, its inverse exists.

Now,

A_{11} = 75, A_{12} = 110, A_{13} = 72

A_{21} = 150, A_{22} = – 100, A_{23} = 0

A_{31} = 75, A_{32} = 30, A_{33} = – 24

**Q17 : Choose the correct answer.
If a, b, c, are in A.P., then the determinant A. 0 B. 1 C. x D. 2x
Answer :**

**Answer: A**

Here, all the elements of the first row (R_{1}) are zero.

Hence, we have Δ = 0.

The correct answer is A.

**Q18 : Choose the correct answer.
If x, y, z are nonzero is real numbers, then the inverse of matrixis **

**A. B.**

C. D.

Answer :

C. D.

Answer :

The correct answer is A.

**Q19 : Choose the correct answer.
Let, where 0 ≤ θ≤ 2π, then
A. Det (A) = 0
B. Det (A) ∈ (2, ∞)
C. Det (A) ∈ (2, 4)
D. Det (A)∈ [2, 4]
Answer :**

Answer: D

The correct answer is D.