
# 8. Permutations and the Determinant

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There are many operations that can be applied to a square matrix. This chapter is devoted to one particularly important operation called the determinant. In effect, the determinant can be thought of as a single number that is used to check for many of the different properties that a matrix might possess. In order to define the determinant operation, we will ﬁrst need to define permutations.

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