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The “argument” of a quaternion

My question is pretty simple. I've been trying to read a pretty introductory text on Clifford algebras, and I encountered how they define the "argument" of a quaternion as an ordered quadruple ...
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Advanced calculus: Solving quaternion differential equations

I have a system of two differential equations $$\frac{\partial X(t)}{\partial t}=a_1 A X(t)+a_2X(t) B+a_3 C Y(t)+a_4Y(t) D+a_5$$ $$\frac{\partial Y(t)}{\partial t}=b_1 E X(t)+b_2X(t) F+b_3 G ...
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Dot product of of quaternion-rotated vectors

I'm reading http://people.csail.mit.edu/bkph/articles/Quaternions.pdf and it says "it is easy to show that the operation preserves dot-products." on the page 3. But how is it done? I tried to make a ...
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How to transform Tait-Bryan-Angels to different rotation orders?

I am having trouble finding or understanding how to get Tait-Bryan-Angels from a rotationmatrix. I have a given rotation matrix $R_q$ which was calculated from the quaternion $q$. I know how to ...
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Why is '1' the multiplicative identity of complex numbers and quaternions?

I am not a mathematician. I studied electrical engineering. I encountered quaternions while trying to understand motion of mobile robots and how rotations are achieved. This question occurred to me ...
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Calculating two rotation angles from xyz coordinates for dummies

This post is a bit verbose so that others who come later may benefit from my thick headedness. I am attempting to construct a primitives composition and constructed solids geometry parser/processor ...
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Multiplication of a quaternion and a scalar to produce a vector?

I am looking at someone else's code, and in it they have a quaternion multiplied with a scalar in order to produce a vector. He used the boost library, and can't find exactly where they defined the ...
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Geometric significance of map, quaternions.

Let $u, v, w \in \mathbb{R}^3$ be a triple of vectors which form an orthonormal basis in $\mathbb{R}^3$ (with the standard orientation). Identify $u, v, w$ with quaternions in the $\mathbb{R}$-linear ...
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Clarify: “$S^0$, $S^1$ and $S^3$ are the only spheres which are also groups”

The zero, one, and three dimensional spheres $S^0$, $S^1$ and $S^3$ are in bijection with the sets $\{a\in \mathbb{K}:|a|=1\}$ for $\mathbb{K} = \mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}, \mathbb{H}$ respectively. The ...
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Factoring quaternion into three parts

I am faced with a problem where I have a quaternion which represents rotation and three arbitrary axis about which I can make rotations, thus three unit vectors. What I would like to know is angles ...
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Hasse invariant of quaternions over $\mathbb{Q}_p$

I am trying to compute the Hasse invariant of the quaternion algebra over $\mathbb{Q}_p$. I denote this algebra by $H$, and I'm assuming $p\equiv 3\pmod{4}$. So, $\mathbb{Q}_p(i)$ is an unramified ...
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Why multiplying those 2 quaternions doesn't give the expected result?

Using a left-handed coordinate system, let Q = axisAngle({0,0,1}, 1/4*pi) * axisAngle({0,1,0}, 1/4*pi) be the quaternion representing the rotation "1/8 circle ...
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understanding quaternions - spatial rotations

I would like to know if my understanding about quaternions is correct please: lets say you have a vector in 3d space. You could rotate the x,y and-z frame on a fixed point so that it is parallel with ...
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quaternions - understanding a formula

Quaternions are new for me. I am trying to understand the following formula: What are: $\large{q^x}$ ? I don't think it is a power. $\large{q^t}$ ? just a transposition of the quaternion $q$? ...
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what represents this strange matrix [closed]

But I just encountered a very strange type of matrix. What is the name of this type of matrix? How can it be solved? The final result should be a $4\times 4$ matrix, but I only see $5$ elements on ...
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How do I get the rotation between two rotationmatrices?

I am stuck on a little rotation problem. The problem: I have 2 rotation matrices $A$ and $B$. $A$ and $B$ are relative to the coordinate system O. $A$ and $B$ are Quaternion rotation matrices. I am ...
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Eigenvalues of Group Elements and Quaternions

The quaternion algebra is given by $\mathbb{H}$ = $\{a+bi+cj+dk \mid a, b, c, d \in \mathbb{R}, i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = -1, ij = k = -ji\} := \{z_1+z_2j \mid z_1, z_2 \in \mathbb{C}\}.$ I consider the ...
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Question about Eigenvalues of group elements

The quaternion algebra is given by $\mathbb{H}$ = $\{a+bi+cj+dk \mid a, b, c, d \in \mathbb{R}, i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = -1, ij = k = -ji\} := \{z_1+z_2j \mid z_1, z_2 \in \mathbb{C}\}.$ I consider the ...
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What is the mapping from purely imaginary quaternions to a vector in $\mathbb{R}^3$

It is claimed that $q = x{\bf i} + y{\bf j} + z{\bf k}$ has an one to one mapping to a vector $v \in \mathbb{R}^3$ where $v = x \hat i + y \hat j + z \hat k$ But ${\bf i}, {\bf j},{\bf k}$ are ...
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Prove $SU(2)$ is isomorphic to the group of quaternions of norm 1

How could I start finding the isomorphism? Intuitively, a quaternion can be expressed as two complex numbers $a+bi+cj+dk=a+bi+(c+di)j$, and as an element of $SU(2)$ is $\left[ \begin{array}{ c c } ...
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prime divisor propertyfor Hurwitz integers

The Hurwitz integers $\mathcal{H}_{\mathbb{Z}}$ is a particular subset of quaternions. Define: $$ \mathcal{H}_{\mathbb{Z}} = \left\{ a\frac{1+i+j+k}{2}+bi+cj+dk \ | \ a,b,c,d \in \mathbb{Z} \right\} = ...
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Homomorphisms in $Q_8$ [duplicate]

Prove directly that the 2-dimensional irreducible representation $\rho$ of $Q_8$ is not realisable over $\mathbb{R}$. Suppose $\rho: Q_8 \rightarrow GL_2(\mathbb{R})$ is a representation with ...
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Rotation that is swapping quaternion $w$ and $x$, $y$ and $z$

I have a quaternion, representing a rotation, equals to: $(w, x, y, z)$ If I convert that quaternion to euler angles, add 180 degrees to $x$ and $z$, and convert it into a quaternion again, I get : ...
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Quaternion Rotation and Transform Exercises with Answers

I work for a company that develops a lot of navigation based software. Most of the problems that we solve can be tackled using rotation matrices, but I've been doing some reading recently about the ...
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Condition under which Hurwitz quaternion has left or right gcd equal to 1 with its conjugate

Correct me if I am wrong but for Gaussian integer - $a +bi$ its $gcd (a+bi, a-bi) = 1$ - when $gcd (a,b)=1$ and $a +bi \neq 1+i$ I wonder if there are any known conditions under which Hurwitz ...
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Cartesian extremities of a 3d segment

I have a segment in 3d space and I want to calculate its extremities. I know the cartesian coordinates (x,y,z) of the segment's middle point, the segment's length L and the segment's orientation using ...
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Grothendieck group of a quaternion algebra

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be a maximal order in a quaternion algebra over a number field. Then there is a notion of similarity of (left) $\mathcal{O}$-modules, and similarity classes. The set $S$ of such ...
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Correspondence between rotations and pairs of antipodal unit quaternions

I'm having some trouble understanding how rotations of $\mathbb{R}^3$ correspond to antipodal pairs of unit quaternions. In section 1.5 of his Naive Lie Theory, John Stillwell proves the theorem that ...
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How can I transform coordinate systems based on quaternion data?

I have a single rigid body object, and its orientations in quaternion with respect to two coordinate systems, each is called original and prime, respectively; therefore, I have two quaternions ...
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Showing two definitions of the Quaternion Algebra are the same

For $q=z+jw$ where $z,w\in\mathbb{C}$, I'm given a map $M:\mathbb{C}^2\rightarrow M_{2\times2}(\mathbb{C})$ given by $$M(q)=\begin{pmatrix} z & \overline{w} \\ -w & \overline{z} ...
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How are quaternions a finite set?

I'm having trouble understanding how Quaternions are a finite set when you can express a quaternion as Q = a + ib + jc+ kd, because a, b, c, d are $\in$ of $\Re$ would this not mean that the set is ...
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Can closure of quaternions under multiplication be shown with a cayley table?

Unsure about my understanding of groups and quaternions. I'm trying to figure out if just using a cayley table (specifically this one) can show closure of quaternions under multiplication, is ...
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Quaternion order associated to a ternary quadratic form

I am a bit puzzled by the discriminant of a ternary quadratic form. According to Lehman 1992 and another related question, the discriminant of a ternary quadratic form is the half-determinant of its ...
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Question about $4\times4$ matrix representation of a quaternion

I have a problem to solve about showing the real quaternion group $\mathbb{H}$ is isomorphic to $M_4(\mathbb{R})$ When trying to define my map I was having trouble coming up with an appropriate map ...
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3 rotation values to work out rotation in degrees

I am currently working with the Oculus headset and dealing with the Z axis. With the software I have, the values I can retrieve are limited and I was hoping someone could help me find a solution to ...
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Quaternion ^ Quaternion [duplicate]

I was looking at Quaternions at Wikipedia - I was trying to find the value of $i^j$ etc... Wikipedia lists $q^\alpha$ where $\alpha$ is real, but I can't find the value of $i^j$. Any clues? The ...
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How would I apply an Exponential Moving Average to Quaternions?

I'm trying to filter positional and rotational data using an Exponential Moving Average (EMA) filter. This has worked without issues for positional data (3D vectors) but I can't figure it out for ...
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Quaternion algebra of characteristic 2?

I've been reading up on quaternion algebras recently and noticed the vast majority of theorems are contingent on setting the characteristic $p \neq 2$. In particular, this is true for the central ...
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Euler -> Quat: Flipped: 90 == -270

i am playing around with quaterions, matrices, euler rotations. For some reason when converting from euler to quaternion to euler my angles are flipped. So where i expect 90, i get -270. 30 stays ...
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Commutativity of Spatial Rotations

I know that in general spatial rotations (rotations in $\Bbb R^3$) are not commutative. But what if we restricted our possible rotations to only those around orthogonal axes? For instance, what if ...
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What is the difference between Quaternions and Bicomplex Numbers?

So, I know Quaternions are basically 4 dimensional Complex numbers, and the dimensions can double forever to Octonions, Sedinions, etc. I recently heard about bicomplex numbers, which are also sort of ...
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Where is a good starting place to do research on the algebra of quaternion numbers?

I'm doing a project for my intro to real analysis class and decided that the algebra of quaternion numbers would be interesting to do. I'm wondering what a good starting place would be.
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Trouble with using dual quaternions to control the translation and rotation of objects

Okay so I'm using dual quaternions to control rotation and translation of a skeleton and I've encountered a problem. The problem probably has an incredibly simple solution but the problem itself is ...
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Representing rotations using quaternions

I'm learning Unity and came across a situation where rotations are represented as Quaternions. I've heard that they where used in computer graphics, but never had to use them until now. What I can't ...
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Division algebra over 2-adic fields

Let $D$ be the quaternion division algebra and $O$ be a maximal $\mathbb{Z}$-order in $D$, say the Hurwitz quaternion integers. It can be proved that $D$ and $O$ split at odd primes, that is ...
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2d indicator for turning a spacecraft in 3d space

For the admins Please look at the tags.... I have no idea where to put this in math I also posted this here http://www.gamedev.net/topic/666267-2d-indicator-for-turning-a-spacecraft-in-3d-space/ ...
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Rotate the segment by quaternion - how to find actual segment's end position?

I have an segment from [0,0,0] to [0,1,0] (left-handed coordinate system, with Y axis up) which is non-rotated. The rotation is ...
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Solving a transformation equation involving vectors and quaternions

I'd like to solve the following equation for $c$, where $a$, $c$, and $d$ are position vectors represented by quaternions with $w$ (the real component) set to $0$ and $b$ is a unit quaternion: ...
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Clifford algebra and Spin group of 4-dimensional Euclidean space

I’m seeking for a straightforward construction of well-known $\mathrm{Spin}(4) = \mathrm{Spin}(3)\times\mathrm{Spin}(3)$ isomorphism using geometric algebra-based definition of “Spin”, without ...
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How can one intuit complex numbers from quaternions?

I understand that quaternions are sort of an extension of complex numbers in higher dimensions. If that's really the case conceptually (is it?), it must be possible to get back from the higher ...