Questions about quadratic forms in many variables, for example $4x_1^2 + 3x_1x_2 + 5x_1x_3 - 8x_3^2$.

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Every integer vector in $\mathbb R^n$ with integer length is part of an orthogonal basis of $\mathbb R^n$

Suppose $\vec x$ is a (non-zero) vector with integer coordinates in $\mathbb R^n$ such that $\|\vec x\| \in \mathbb Z$. Is it true that there is an orthogonal basis of $\mathbb R^n$ containing $\vec ...
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Isotropy over $p$-adic numbers

Over what $p$-adic fields $\mathbb{Q}_p$ is the form $\langle3, 7, -15\rangle$ isotropic?
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Elementary properties of integral binary quadratic forms

Let $f = ax^2 + bxy + cy^2$ be a binary quadratic form over $\mathbb{Z}$. $D = b^2 - 4ac$ is called the discriminant of $f$. We say $f$ is positive definite if $a \gt 0$ and $D \lt 0$(cf. this ...
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Elementary proof that $2x^2+xy+3y^2$ represents infinitely many primes?

We did in class $x^2+y^2$, which was easy, and we had for homework $2x^2+2xy+3y^2$, which I did (its values (if not square) must be divisible by form primes, or of the form $x^2+5y^2$, and clearly ...
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What numbers are integrally represented by $4 x^2 + 2 x y + 7 y^2 - z^3$

EDIT: a selection of material relevant to this problem is available at INHOMOGENEOUS In December 2010 my question appeared in the M.A.A. Monthly, show that $4 x^2 + 2 x y + 7 y^2 - z^3 \neq \pm 2 ...
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How to solve inhomogeneous quadratic forms in integers?

If I have a quadratic form like $y^2 - x^2 - x = k$ none of the techniques I know work because of the nasty $x$. Note that homogenizing doesn't work because a solution of $Y^2 - X^2 - X Z = k Z^{(2)}$ ...
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Show $15x^{2} - 7y^{2} = 9$ has no integer solutions

I'm trying to show the quadratic binary has no integer solution. I've used the following process to transform it into a Pell's equation of the form $x^{2} - Dy^{2} = M$ If there is a solution, then ...
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Algorithm for determining whether two imaginary quadratic numbers are equivalent under a modular transformation

Let $\Gamma = SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$. Let $\mathcal{H} = \{z \in \mathbb{C}\ |\ \mathcal{Im}(z) > 0\}$ be the upper half complex plane. Let $\sigma = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} p & q \\ r & s ...
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Etymology of the word “isotropic”

Given a quadratic form $q : V \rightarrow k$, a nonzero vector $v \in V$ is said to be isotropic if $q(v) = 0$. Any subspace of $V$ containing such a vector is also said to be isotropic, and the ...
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A condition for an odd prime to be represented by a binary quadratic form of a given discriminant

Let $f = ax^2 + bxy + cy^2$ be an integral binary quadratic form. We say $D = b^2 - 4ac$ is the discriminant of $f$. If $D < 0$ and $a > 0$, we say $f$ is positive definite. It is easy to see ...
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Proof of Legendre's theorem on the ternary quadratic form

Theorem (Legendre): Let $a,b,c$ coprime positive integers, then $ax^2 + by^2 = cz^2$ has a nontrivial solution in rationals $x,y,z$ iff ...
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Generalizing the 290 theorem.

I have only just come across the remarkable theorem of Conway about universal quadratic forms over $\mathbb{Z}$; namely that in determining whether a integer coefficient, positive definite quadratic ...
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Simultaneous diagonalization of quadratic forms

I would like to collect references (or direct quotations) about as many "simultaneous diagonalization" results in linear algebra as possible. Let $V$ be an $n$-dimentional ($n$ finite) vector space ...
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Determining if a quadratic is always positive

Is there a quick and systematic method to find out if a quadratic equation is always positive or may have positive and negative or always negative for all values to its variables? Say for a quadratic ...
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Proving the multiplicativity of a binary quadratic form

Consider the set $S$ of all integers of the form $x^2+y^2+4xy$, where $x$ and $y$ are integers. How could one prove the set $S$ is closed under multiplication? I have tried the bashy brute force ...
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positive definite quadratic form

Is $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i^2 + \sum_{1\leq i < j \leq n} x_{i}x_j$ positive definite? Approach: The matrix of this quadratic form can be derived to be the following $$M := \begin{pmatrix} 1 & ...
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Representing a number as a sum of at most $k$ squares

Fix an integer $k >0 $ and would like to know the maximum number of different ways that a number $n$ can be expressed as a sum of $k$ squares, i.e. the number of integer solutions to $$ n = x_1^2 + ...
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Looking for proof of no solution to 4-variable quadratic diophantine equation

Show there are no integers $a,b,c,d$ such that $$\begin{cases}1=9ac+3ad+3bc-16bd \\ 1=3ad+3bc+2bd \end{cases}$$ Motivation: The ideal $I=(3,1+\sqrt{-17})$ in $R=\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-17}]$ has the ...
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Should isometries be linear?

Question Suppose $V$ is a (finite-dimensional) vector space over $F$ ($\operatorname{char }F\neq2$, due to user1551) equipped with a non-degenerate quadratic form $Q$, and $T$ is a ...
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Clifford Algebras

What would be the best source to learn Clifford Algebras from? Anything online would suffice or any textual sources for that matter.. I'm interested in doing a project in the subject, but I'm not ...
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Centre of a quadric

I found the following sentence in my linear linear algebra book (affine and projective geometry): $Q:V \to \mathbb{K}$ is a quadric (quadratic function) and $\alpha\in Aff(V)$. $Aff(V)$ is the set of ...
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Help fixing my broken example of Arf invariant

I need help fixing a broken example I've come up with. In particular, I wanted to use the Arf invariant to distinguish two non-homeomorphic surfaces. That's the first part that's broken since there ...
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Map preserving indefinite scalar product must be linear

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional real vector space and $\langle\cdot,\cdot \rangle$ be a positive definite scalar product in $V$. It is well know that if a map $T:V \to V$ preserves ...
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When are two diagonal matrices congruent?

This is probably a question that does not admit a simple answer. However, I'd like to know whether there exist criteria that determine when two diagonal matrices are congruent. I have the suspicion ...
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Question about $4$-manifolds and intersection forms

This is a question related to an earlier question of mine: I've been reading about topological invariants. Some of them are defined in terms of quadratic forms. My current understanding is: we can ...
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Quadratic equation -> matrix?

Problem: Find the EigenValues and EigenVectors of the matrix associated with quadratic forms $2x^2+6y^2+2z^2+8xz$. I know how to convert a set of polynomial equations to a matrix but I have no clue ...
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independent chi squares mean independent non central chi square?

Let $Y$ be a multivariate normal random vector with covariance $\Sigma$. Let $A_0,A_1$ be matrices such that $$A_0\Sigma A_1=0.$$ It is known that in this case $Y'A_0Y$ and $Y'A_1Y$ are independent ...
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Sum of two quadratic forms

Suppose I have two quadratic forms $Q_i(x)=(x-a_i)^T A_i(x-a_i)+c_i$, $i=1,2$ where $x,a_i \in \Bbb{R}^n$ and $A_i$ are positive-definite $n\times n$ matrices. Then $Q(x)=Q_1(x)+Q_2(x)$ is also a ...
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Isometry without injection and surjection

Suppose that $B_1$ and $B_2$ are bilinear form on space $V_1$ and $V_2$. An isometry relative to $B_1$ and $B_2$ is an linear map $\sigma:V_1 \rightarrow V_2$ satisfying ...
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Find an optimal 4-tuple which satisfies a boolean expression

(I have post a question with bounty for several days (Find a best 4-tuple which fulfils a variable boolean formula), but unfortunately got no answer yet. Here I simplify it to a smaller problem and ...
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Canonical form of a Matrix

My understanding of canonical form is very limited, and so may require some help. Suppose a quadratic of the form: $$ x_1*x_2+x_1*x_3=Q.$$ How would one go about putting that into canonical form, ...
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Conditions for a real binary quadratic form to be positive definite

Since this question was heavily downvoted, I would like to change the presentation of the question as follows. I hope those of you who downvoted this question would be satisfied with the change. In ...
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Relation between an integer represented by a binary quadratic form and a certain Dirichlet character defined by Jacobi symbol

Let $f = ax^2 + bxy + cy^2$ be a binary quadratic form over $\mathbb{Z}$. We say $D = b^2 - 4ac$ is the discriminant of $f$. It's easy to see that $D \equiv 0$ (mod $4$) or $D \equiv 1$ (mod $4$). If ...
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Standardize a Quadratic Form

standardize Quadratic Form $$8x_1x_4+2x_3x_4+2x_2x_3+8x_2x_4$$ how to do? what's the simplest method. How to choose the first linear replacement, matrix or do ...