## Abstract linear algebra by Morton L. Curtis, Paul Place

By Morton L. Curtis, Paul Place

Starting from scratch and constructing the normal themes of Linear Algebra, this ebook is meant as a textual content for a primary direction at the topic. The target to which this paintings leads is the theory of Hurwitz - that the single normed algebras over the genuine numbers are the genuine numbers, the complicated numbers, the quaternions, and the octonions. certain in providing this fabric at an straightforward point, the ebook stresses the entire logical improvement of the topic and should offer a bavuable reference for mathematicians ordinarily.

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We move the factors αi successively: α ∧ β = α1 ∧ ... ∧ αk ∧ β1 ∧ ... ∧ β = (−1) α1 ∧ ... ∧ αk−1 ∧ β1 ∧ ... ∧ β ∧ αk and obtain our formula after having done that k times. 8. , en ∈ V . Assume 1 ≤ i1 < .... < ik ≤ n and 1 ≤ j1 < ... < jk ≤ n. Then e∗i1 ∧ ... , k , otherwise and K · e∗i1 ∧ ... ∧ e∗ik .

1. The exterior product of the alternating forms α ∈ Ak (V ), β ∈ A (V ) is α ∧ β := (k + )! Altk+ (α ⊗ β) ∈ Ak+ (V ) k! · ! 2. n A∗ (V ) := Ak (V ) k=0 is an associative algebra with the linear extension of the above wedge product. Furthermore it satisfies the ”graded commutativity rule” α ∧ β = (−1)k β ∧ α for α ∈ Ak (V ), β ∈ A (V ). Proof. We comment on the associativity: For convenience of notation let us write [α] := Altk (α), α ∈ Ak (V ), such that α∧β = (k + )! [α ⊗ β] k! · ! First of all one proves [α ⊗ β] = [[α] ⊗ [β]].

Altk+ (α ⊗ β) ∈ Ak+ (V ) k! · ! 2. n A∗ (V ) := Ak (V ) k=0 is an associative algebra with the linear extension of the above wedge product. Furthermore it satisfies the ”graded commutativity rule” α ∧ β = (−1)k β ∧ α for α ∈ Ak (V ), β ∈ A (V ). Proof. We comment on the associativity: For convenience of notation let us write [α] := Altk (α), α ∈ Ak (V ), such that α∧β = (k + )! [α ⊗ β] k! · ! First of all one proves [α ⊗ β] = [[α] ⊗ [β]]. Then one obtains for α ∈ Ak (V ), β ∈ A (V ), γ ∈ Am (V ) the following: (α ∧ β) ∧ γ = = (k + + m)!