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**debjit625****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-23
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This property is given in my book.

The square of any determinant is a symmetric determinant.

Well it works when I take a determinant say 3x3 and multiply it by itself using row to row multiplication.

But it fails if I multiply using row to column.

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Debjit Roy

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Can I see an example?

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**debjit625****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-23
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I asked this question on other fourms but I didnt got any answer

Here is a link please read it https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/s … ic.873144/

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am inclined to agree with fresh_42. A determinant is a scalar. It is one number.

For instance:

Symmetry in a number?

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**debjit625****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-23
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Well I too agree,but the problem is its not only in one book but rather more than one author is describing something like this.In that post I already gave some links to the books.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Matrices can be symmetric, determinants can not.

May I see your two calculations:

using row to row multiplication.But it fails if I multiply using row to column.

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**Alg Num Theory****Member**- Registered: 2017-11-24
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Perhaps the book isn’t putting things very clearly. IMO what it’s trying to say is that the square of a determinant is the determinant of a symmetric matrix. For instance:

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