I've been trying to add a new command to LyX to easen my way through physics, when mostly 3x3 determinants are used.

I clicked Document -> Settings -> Preamble and wrote the following:

% det 3x3

Now, there are a few problems:

  1. I understand that this code is supposed to make a 3x1 det, not 3x3.
  2. It doesn't seem to work either way.

Thoughts? Any help would be deeply appreciated. :)

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I do not see the need of defining something new. With following approach, LyX will make use of the vmatrix environment automatically.

Use "Insert > Math > Matrix..." or alternatively, in math mode the toolbar to create an empty 3x3 matrix possible with some decoration like "|...|". Then you can copy and paste this matrix (either empty or already filled) to other locations in the document.

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