It is a quotient - of the tensor algebra, obtained by taking graded sum over whole numbers $n$ of $n$-fold tensor products - by the ideal generated by elements of the form $a\otimes a$. We write the residue class of $a\otimes b$ in this algebra, as $a\wedge b$ and call it the wedge product.

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Wedge product with a non-degenerate form

Let $\alpha$ be a non-degenerate form in $\Lambda^k(V)$ for some vector space $V$, $\dim V = n$. (Here non-degenerate means that if $x\in V$ is nonzero, then $(y_1 , ... , y_{k-1}) \mapsto \alpha(x , ...
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How can I show that $\det(v_1,v_2,\ldots,v_n)=dx_1\, dx_2\cdots dx_n(v_1,v_2,\ldots,v_n)$?

I wanted to use the definition of a wedge product which says $λ_1λ_2\cdots λ_k(v_1,v_2,\ldots,v_k)=\det(λ_i(v_j))$ with $1<i,j<k$ but I'm not sure if that even can work
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Determinant of the transpose via exterior products

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space over $F$ and let $\tau:V \to V$ be a linear operator. Here's my definition of the determinant: If $t:U \to U$ is a linear operator and $\dim(U)=n$ then ...
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Explicit computations of tensor and wedge product

Let $f\colon K^3\to K^3$ be a map in Jordan canonical form having matrix $$ f=\begin{bmatrix} -1 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0& -1 \end{bmatrix} $$ What is $f\otimes f$? What ...
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Exterior Derivative vs. Covariant Derivative vs. Lie Derivative

In differential geometry, there are several notions of differentiation, namely: Exterior Derivative, $d$ Covariant Derivative/Connection, $\nabla$ Lie Derivative, $\mathcal{L}$. I have listed them ...
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Taking the exterior derivative of a 0-form

I'm attempting to show that $dg(\vec{x})=\alpha$, where $\alpha=\Sigma^n_{i=1}f_idx_i$ and $g(\vec x)={1\over{p+1}}\Sigma_{i=1}^nx_if_i(\vec x)$...and $d$ is the exterior derivative. The $f_i$ are ...
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elementary question regarding differential forms

Is it possible to give a high level explanation why changing the order of differentials will give rise to a minus sign ? I.e. why do we have $$ dx\,dt = - dt\,dx $$ (I am going to take a course on ...
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General trace relation

Let $V$ be vector space $\dim V=N$, and $A\in End(V)$. Denote $$ \wedge^k A^m(\mathbf{v}_1\wedge\dots\wedge\mathbf{v}_k)=\sum_{s_1,\dots,s_k=0,1,\sum_j s_j=m} A^{s_1}\mathbf{v}_1\wedge\dots\wedge ...
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Trace of the multiplication operator

Let $V$ be vector space, $\dim V=N$. Define the multiplication operator $L_{\mathbf{b}}$ as $L_{\mathbf{b}}:\omega\to \mathbf{b}\wedge\omega$, where $\omega\in\wedge V$ ($\wedge V$ is the entire ...
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Laplace expansion

This statement is from the book of Winitzki Linear Algebra via Exterior Products. (Section 3.4, page 123) Let $V$ be finite dimensional vector space, $\dim(V)=N$. The determinant of the matrix ...
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Inner product of $p$-forms [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Extension of Riemannian Metric to Higher Forms I have no problems with understanding the inner product of 1-forms on a Riemannian manifold. We have a metric tensor, it's ...
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$\wedge^k(V)^* \cong \mathrm{Alt}^k(V)$

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional real vector space, let $\mathrm{Alt}^k(V)$ denote the space of alternating $k$-linear forms on $V$ and let $\wedge^k(V)$ denote the $k^{th}$ exterior power of $V$. I ...
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What about other symmetric functions of the eigenvalues? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Identities for other coefficients of the characteristic polynomial Let $A$ be a matrix with eigenvalues $\lambda_1, \dots, \lambda_n$. Then $\det(A) = \lambda_1 \dots ...
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Interpreting the determinant of matrices of dot products

In the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^n$ consider two (ordered) sets of vectors $a_1 \ldots a_k$ and $b_1 \ldots b_k$ with $k \le n$. Question What is the geometrical interpretation of ...
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Calulation of pullback of form

If $M$ is $2n+1$ dimensional manifold, and $M'= M\times \mathbb R$ Let $x_1,y_1,... x_n, y_n,t', t$ be coordiante of $M'$. With $t$ for coordinate for $\mathbb R$. Let $$ \omega= \sum_{i=1}^n ...
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wedge product of differential form

If $\alpha $ is one form over some manifold $M$ $2n-1$ dimensional real, and $X= M\times (0,\infty)$. $r$ is the coordinate for the second factor. Define two form on $X$: $$\omega= d(r^2\alpha)$$ ...
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Second exterior power of a complex vector space

Suppose we are given a $k$-dimensional complex vector space. Consider the second exterior power of $V$, that is $\Lambda^2V$. Denote $X=\{v_1\wedge v_2\colon v_1,v_2\in V\}$. Now I have two ...
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Wedge product of Hochschild Cohomology classes in characteristic 2

Let $A$ be a smooth commutative $k$-algebra, for $k$ a commutative ring. By the Hochschild-Kostant-Rosenberg theorem, we have that $HH^*_k(A)\cong \Lambda^* \mathrm{Der}_k(A,A)$, where ...
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A scalar product in the space of oriented volumes?

Let $L\colon \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^N$ be an injective linear map. By the Cauchy-Binet formula, $\det(L^TL)$ equals the sum of the squares of all minors of $L$ of order $n$: this looks just like ...
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Is $\bigwedge(V)$ self-injective?

For a vector space $V$, is the grassman algebra $\bigwedge(V)$ always an injective module over itself? Is there a proof, or even just a brief explanation?
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Are projective modules over exterior algebras of vector spaces necessarily free?

Let $E(V)$ be the exterior algebra of a vector space $V$ (I've also seen this denoted $\Lambda(V)$).Is it true that any projective $E(V)$-module is necessarily free? If it's any easier, is it at least ...
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Exterior Algebra of Self-Direct Sum

Suppose $V$ and $W$ are vector spaces and $\bigwedge V$ and $\bigwedge W$ their exterior algebras. Then it is known that $\bigwedge (V \oplus W) \simeq \bigwedge V \otimes \bigwedge W$. Now my ...
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What is the difference between $\ker( L \bigwedge L \overset{[-,-]}{\rightarrow} L )$ and $\langle a \wedge b \big| [a,b]=0\rangle$?

Let $L$ be a finite dimensional Lie algebra. We view the Lie bracket as a linear map on the exterior square: $$\pi:L \bigwedge L \rightarrow L$$ Define $$\bigwedge L := \langle a \wedge b \big| ...
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Basis of the symmetric algebra $S(M)$ given $R$-module basis of $M$ using the diamond lemma?

Over the past week, I read this secret blogging seminar post concerning the diamond lemma, which got me to reading about Bergman's paper on the diamond lemma. Now suppose you have a free $A$-module ...
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Why is it that $\det(\phi-x\text{id})=\sum_{i=0}^n (-1)^ic_ix^i$?

I'm trying to understand a certain formula for the determinant in a more general setting. Say you have a free module $M$ of rank $n$ over a (commutative) ring $R$. Let ...
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Determining explicitly the action on the exterior products of a vector space

Let $V$ be a 2-dimensional complex vector space with basis $e_1,e_2$. Consider the endomorphism $f:V\to V$ given by $f(e_1) = e_2$ and $f(e_2) = -e_1$ with matrix $$ \left( \begin{matrix} 0 & -1 ...
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Alternating forms tangential to a subspace.

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space with euclidean product, and let $U$ be a subspace. Now let $P$ be the projection of $V$ onto $U$, and let $\omega$ be any alternating multilinear $k$-form. ...
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What's the connection between derivatives and boundaries?

The (second) fundamental theorem of calculus says that $$\int_a^b f'(x) dx = f(b) - f(a)$$ which can also be stated, if one knows enough about what's coming next, as: The integral of the ...
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Covectors $\omega^1, …, \omega^k$ are linearly dependent iff their wedge product is zero

How can I prove that covectors $\omega^1, ..., \omega^k$ are linearly independent iff their wedge product $\omega^1\wedge ...\wedge \omega^k$ is not zero?
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“And” symbol? Wedge product in a surface integral? — Is this a typo, or did I miss an important lecture?

This is the question I got on my final assignment (Calculus III): Evaluate the surface integral \begin{equation} \int \int_S xy \; \; dy\wedge dz - yz \; \; dz\wedge dx + xz \; \; dx\wedge ...
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On Chevalley's linear identification of the Clifford algebra $C(\mathbf p)$ with the exterior algebra $\wedge \mathbf p$

In reading Sternberg's notes on Clifford algebras and spin representations (page 148) I encountered the following: "...Consider the linear map $$C(\mathbf p)\rightarrow \wedge \mathbf p, x\mapsto ...
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Given a surjective linear mapping of free modules how do you show the corresponding matrix has an invertible minor?

The following post can is related to part c) of this problem http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=349&t=124137 and boils down to some issues I am having with use of wedge ...
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Using the notation of wedge product to solve a linear system of equations

I am trying to solve a problem that seems like a standard idea from linear algebra but with a the notion of wedge product and exterior algebra added it gets more complicated for someone who isn't ...
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Is there a formula for the determinant of the wedge product of two matrices?

I was going over the Wikipedia page for exterior products of vector spaces and we can define the determinant as the coefficient of the exterior product of vectors with respect to the standard basis ...
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Associativity of Moyal-like products

The Moyal product of two smooth functions $f,g$ on $\mathbb R^{2n}$ can be defined as $$ f\star g = \exp\left(-\omega^{ij} \frac{\partial}{\partial y^i} \frac{\partial}{\partial z^j}\right) f(y)g(z) ...
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Parametrizing the total orders on a real vector space

The following question appears trivial, but it's outside my limited experience so I'd appreciate a little feedback. A total order on a real vector space $V$ is a total ordering on its vectors which ...
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Decomposition of product of exterior products

Suppose $V$ is a $n$-dimensional vector space. What is the kernel of $$\bigwedge^p V \otimes \bigwedge^q V\longrightarrow \bigwedge^{p+q} V$$ here $p+q \le n$.
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exterior product definition

i have question from vector mathematics,i know that if there is given two vector, for instance $a=\{a_1,a_2,a_3\}$,$b={b_1,b_2,b_3}$; then so called exterior product is determined as $a\wedge ...
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Understanding of exterior algebra

Consider the following definition from Loring W. Tu's An Introduction to Manifolds: For a finite-dimensional vector space $V$, say of dimension $n$, define ...
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Understanding of graded algebra

I am recently learning from Loring W. Tu's An Introduction to Manifolds the concept graded algebra, which is used for introducing exterior algebra. I don't understand the following definition: An ...
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Grassmann numbers as eigenvalues of nilpotent operators?

The following question is motivated by the construction of the fermionic path/field integral, as done for example in Altland & Simons "Condensed Matter Field Theory". Consider the vector space ...
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Signs in the natural map $\Lambda^k V \otimes \Lambda^k V^* \to \Bbbk$

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional vector space over a field $\Bbbk$. Let $V^*$ denote its dual. I strongly suspect that there is a natural map $$\Lambda^k V \otimes \Lambda^k V^* \to \Bbbk$$ that ...
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Exterior algebras and radicals

So without giving excessive background, I was working on baby Spivak & got to the stuff about exterior algebras, & now I'm going through the section on tensor algebras in my copy of ...
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Characterization of rank in an exterior algebra

The wikipedia page on exterior algebras makes the following reasonable sounding statement (I paraphrase): Let $V$ be a complex vector space and consider the second exterior power $\bigwedge^2 V$. By ...
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What are “Super Numbers”?

I'm reading Hyperspace by Michio Kaku and in the chapter on SuperGravity "Super Numbers" are mentioned and are described as a number system where for any super number $a$, $a*a=-a*a$. I was wondering ...
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Morphism of Exterior Algebras

Let $k$ be a field, let $V$ and $W$ be $k$-vector spaces of dimensions $n$ and $m$ respectively, and let $f:V\to W$ be a $k$-linear transformation. Let $\Lambda(V)$ and $\Lambda(W)$ denote the ...
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Wedge Product, A Novel Interpretation or Just Plain Wrong?

I have read (I think) all of the previous threads on this website (and many others) on this topic & unfortunately have not found an answer to my question. Due to the fact that I am only beginning ...
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What is a more formal name for the wedgey group?

The rule $(v_1,w_1)⋅(v_2,w_2)=(v_1+v_2,w_1+w_2+(v_1∧v_2))$ defines a group structure on the vector space $V⊕(V∧V)$ whenever $V$ is itself a vector space over some field $F$. What is a more common ...
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Grassmann Algebras

The Grassmann algebra $G$ is the algebra over a field $\mathbb{F}$ generated by the variables $e_i$ such that $e_i^2=0$ and $e_i e_j = - e_j e_i$. I'm looking for some references on algebras $G ...
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How do I evaluate the Clifford product in dimensions greater than 3?

The Clifford product of a pair of vectors $a,b$ is an associative operation defined by $$ ab = a \cdot b + a \wedge b.$$ In sufficiently low dimensions I am used to being able to define the Clifford ...