The Determinant of 2X2 Matrix calculator computes the determinant of a 2x2 matrix.
Determinant of 2x2 Matrix (det): The calculator returns the single real value, which is the determinant of the matrix A.
This equation computes the determinant of of a two-by-two matrix. Given a square matrix where
A = `((A_11,A_12),(A_21,A_22))`
det(A) = `A_11 * A_22 - A_12 *A_21`
The multiplication pattern for the determinant, which extends to larger square matrices, is along the diagonals. So, the first term is the product of the matrix elements along the diagonal sloping to the right: `A_11 * A_33`. The second term is the product of the matrix elements along the diagonal sloping to the left: `A_12 * A_21`.
The terms formed of the product of the right sloping diagonals are positive and the terms formed of the left sloping diagonals are negative.
When added together, you get: det(A) = `A_11 * A_22` - `A_12 * A_21`.