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Prove, using properties of determinants $ \begin{vmatrix} y+k & y & y \\ y & y+k & y \\ y & y & y+k \end{vmatrix} = k^2(3y+k) $

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  • If each element of a row (or column) of a determinant is multiplied by a constant k ,then its value gets multiplied by k.
  • By this property we can take out any common factor from any one row or any one column of the determinant.
  • Elementary transformations can be done by
  • 1. Interchanging any two rows or columns. rows.
  • 2. Mutiplication of the elements of any row or column by a non-zero number
  • 3. The addition of any row or column , the corresponding elemnets of any other row or column multiplied by any non zero number.
Step 1:
Let $\bigtriangleup=\begin{vmatrix}y+k& y & y\\y & y+k & y\\y &y & y+k\end{vmatrix}$
By adding $R_1,R_2,R_3$ we get $R_1\rightarrow R_1+R_2+R_3$
Let $\bigtriangleup=\begin{vmatrix}3y+k& 3y+k & 3y+k\\y & y+k & y\\y &y & y+k\end{vmatrix}$
Take (3y+k) as the common factor from $R_1$
$\bigtriangleup=(3y+k)\begin{vmatrix}1& 1& 1\\y & y+k & y\\y &y & y+k\end{vmatrix}$
Step 2:
By applying $C_1\rightarrow C_1-C_2$ and $C_2\rightarrow C_2-C_3$
$\bigtriangleup=(3y+k)\begin{vmatrix}0& 0& 1\\-k & k & y\\0 &-k & y+k\end{vmatrix}$
By applying $C_1\rightarrow C_1+C_2$
$\bigtriangleup=(3y+k)\begin{vmatrix}0& 0& 1\\0 & k & y\\-k&-k & y+k\end{vmatrix}$
Now expanding along $R_1$ we get,
$\bigtriangleup=(3y+k)1(0\times -k-k\times -k)$
Hence $\begin{vmatrix}y+k & y & y\\y & y+k & y\\y & y & y+k\end{vmatrix}=k^2(3y+k)$
Hence proved.
answered Mar 14, 2013 by sreemathi.v
edited Apr 8, 2013 by sreemathi.v

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