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# How To Use MDETERM() Function in Google Sheets

Description

Returns the matrix determinant of a square matrix specified as an array or range.

Common questions about the MDETERM formula:
-What is the MDETERM formula?
-How do you use the MDETERM formula?
-What does the MDETERM formula do?

How can the MDETERM formula be used appropriately?
The MDETERM formula is used to calculate the determinants of a square matrix. It takes two arguments - a range of cells containing a square matrix and the number of columns in the square matrix.

How can the MDETERM formula be commonly mistyped?
The MDETERM formula can be commonly mistyped as “MDOTERM” or “MDEETERM” as opposed to the officially recognized “MDETERM”.

What are some common ways the MDETERM formula is used inappropriately?
The MDETERM formula should only be used to calculate the determinants of a square matrix. It should not be used to calculate the determinants of non-square matrices or to calculate other types of matrix values.

What are some common pitfalls when using the MDETERM formula?
One common pitfall when using the MDETERM formula is forgetting to specify the number of columns in the square matrix range argument. Without specifying the number of columns, the formula will return an error.

What are common mistakes when using the MDETERM Formula?
Common mistakes when using the MDETERM formula include specifying incorrect arguments, entering incorrect ranges, or forgetting to update the formula when the matrix is changed.

What are common misconceptions people might have with the MDETERM Formula?
One common misconception is that the MDETERM formula can only be used for matrices of 3x3 size. In actuality, the MDETERM formula can be applied to any sized square matrix.

How To Actually Use MDETERM() in Sheets

`MDETERM(square_matrix)`

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Returns the Matrix determinant, MDETERM Function

Returns the matrix determinant of a square matrix specified as an array or range.

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