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Finding the Determinant of a 4x4 Matrix

This is a recursive process. We work our way down from the 4x4 determinant to 3x3 determinants to 2x2 determinants.

The first example is the example worked at the end of class. Arithmetic errors have been corrected.

The second example is the same determinant found by expanding using the second column instead of the first row. It is much easier to expand using the second column because the three 0 entries result in much less work to be done.