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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Decomposition of product of exterior products

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$\alpha\wedge\beta = 0$ for all $\beta$ implies $\alpha = 0$ without using the Hodge dual

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