Well as http://domyhomeworkfor.me/ solved it this can easily be done with determinants. If a square matrix's determinant does not equal zero, then that square matrix will have an inverse hence having a unique solution. Since this is a 2x2 matrix, just compute the determinant with the condition that it cannot equal zero: (1)(2)-(2ab) =/= 0 2 =/= 2ab 1=/= ab