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Converting quaternions to spherical angles

Consider a situation where a beam is shot at a cube C from an arbitrary position P. The cube detects the angle of incidence relative to its $ x $ axis. The cube can be rotated and moved, and the ...
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can quaternions be expressed in terms of tensor products?

QUESTIONS does this arithmetic check out? if so, is there a geometric interpretation? note: my aim was to try to find a very simple but non-trivial example which might help me begin to understand ...
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Need help with this exercise about real division algebra

I am trying to solve the following exrcise: Prove that complex multiplication does not extend to a multiplication on $\mathbb R^3$ so as to make $\mathbb R^3$ into a real division algebra. I ...
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Set of quaternions that anti-commute

I tried to solve another exercise and I would be grateful if someone could tell me if my answer is right. This is the exercise: Characterize the pairs $x,y \in \mathbb H$ such that $xy = -yx$. ...
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identifying $\mathbb H$$^n$ with $\mathbb C^{2n}$

Let $X \in M_n(\mathbb H)$ (Hermetian field). It is possible to make $\mathbb H$$^n$ into a $2n$-dimensional vector space over $\mathbb C$, for example, by embedding $\mathbb C$ into $\mathbb H$ as ...
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Commuting quaternions

I tried to solve the following exercise, please could somebody tell me if I did it right?: Prove that non-real elements $x,y \in \mathbb H$ commute if and only if their imaginary parts are ...
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Isomorphism of quaternions with a matrix ring over real numbers

Let $\mathcal A$ be the algebra over the real numbers consisting of matrices of the form $$\begin{pmatrix} z&w\\ - \bar{w}& \bar{z} \end{pmatrix} \ (z, w \in \mathbb C). $$ $\mathcal A$ is in ...
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Finding component Velocity relative to Velocity

I am trying to find the velocity of an object in a particular Direction based on the current rotation and velocity of that object. I will try and illustrate the example: I have a space craft ...
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Transforming euler rotations to other coordinate system

I have a global $3D$ coordinate system, and it's transform matrix is an identity matrix. I also have an object with it's own, local coordinate system and it's transform is not identity matrix. Now I ...
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Error performing multiplication of Quaternions

Alright I'm going to try one last time to explain my problem with quaternions and multiplication of two quaternions in specific. This time hopefully I'll get an explanation that makes sense. (I posted ...
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Quaternions $\leftrightarrow$ Matrix - Source Code

Can anybody help me with a easy source code for the transformation quaternions $\leftrightarrow$ matrix? Any language programming is ok, doesn't matter if it about C/C++ or java, or written in Matlab. ...
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Smooth transition between two quaternions?

I am describing the orientation of an object with quaternion $q$. Now I want to describe (animate) smooth transition between orientations of $q_1$ and $q_2$. I was thinking that quaternion $q = q_1 ...
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Is there a (hypercomplex) number system, in which addition is **not** commutative

Now, we all know and love the quaternions, in which multiplication is not commutative, and the fact that, in all Clifford algebras, exponentiation is not commutative. Having looked at the properties ...
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Is there a term for extending a finite magma by adding coefficients from fields?

For example, the Quaternion numbers at their base have the Cayley table: $ * = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & i & j & k \\ i & -1 & k & -j \\ j & -k & -1 & i \\ k & j ...
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What is the meaning of quaternion interpolation?

Suppose I take the average between two quaternions, how does one see the meaning of the resulting rotation to make sure it is sensible, unlike interpolating Euler angles? I'm looking for an argument ...
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Rotation between two vectors as a function of time (one parameter rational motion design)

Given a time varying vector: $\mathbf{w}(t) = \mathbf{u} + t\mathbf{v}$ I would like to find a rotation matrix $\mathbf{R}(t)$ that rotates the positive x-axis $[1, 0, 0]^T$ onto the vector ...
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Riemann Zeta function, quaternions and physics

Disclaimer: This question is rather vague, and thus probably not suitable for Mathoverflow, so I prefer to ask it here. I'm sorry if it doesn't meet the standards of this site. Several years ago, I ...
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What is a good geometric interpretation of quaternion multiplication?

I understand that the formula for quaternion multiplication of $q_1=(s_1,\vec{v_1})$ by $q_2=(s_2,\vec{v_2})$ $q_1q_2=(s_1s_2-\vec{v_1}\cdot\vec{v_2}, \vec{v_1} \times\vec{v_2} + \vec{v_1}s_2 + ...
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How to obtain relative rotation?

I have two rotations, each of which can be described as a roll, pitch, and yaw (in radians): $$ r_1 = (3.14159, 1.57080, 1.6) $$ $$ r_2 = (3.14159, 1.57080, 1.4) $$ I am interested in the relative ...
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Proof that the subalgebra generated by any two elements of $\mathbb{O}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}$, $\mathbb{C}$, or $\mathbb{H}$

In the wikipedia atrticle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octonion) it is stated that "one can show that the subalgebra generated by any two elements of $\mathbb{O}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{R}$, ...
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What's the intuition for extending $\mathbb{C}$ to $\mathbb{H}$?

It seems to me that there is a clear, intuitive reason for extending the real number system to the complex number system. Namely, some polynomial equations that have no solutions in $\mathbb{R}$ ...
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Inner product space or Hilbert space of Quaternionic Functions

In what ways can you define an inner product, $<f,g>$, to create an inner product space or Hilbert space on the set of quaternionic functions $f:\mathbb{H} \rightarrow \mathbb{H}$?
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Do there exist equations that cannot be solved in $\mathbb{C}$, but can be solved in $\mathbb{H}$?

Excluding polynomials (whose solutions are covered by the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra), do there exist any univariable equations that cannot be solved in the complex numbers, but can be solved ...
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Prove that $Q$ is a group under quaternion multiplication

Consider the subset $Q$ of the quaternions defined by $$Q=\{1,-1,i,-i,j,-j,k,-k\}.$$ Show that $Q$ is a group under quaternion multiplication. I know to prove something's a group, you must show ...
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Transform a vector to global frame and ignore rotation about one axis or Full tilt compensated magnetometer

Good day everyone. I would like to lock the rotation about one specified axis. For example, let`s imagine that we have a quaternion which desribes the orientation of our rigid body relative to the ...
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Question about quaternionic conjugation

The quaternionic conjugation is defined by $$\begin{aligned}i &\mapsto -i\\j&\mapsto -j\\k&\mapsto -k\end{aligned}$$ But since $ij=k$, shouldn't we have that $k = ij \mapsto (-i)(-j) = ...
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Is there infinitely many “complex units”

As we know, $i$ = $\sqrt{-1}$, a simple complex unit. In complex space of two dimensions, you graph an axis of $a+bi$ where $i$ is your second dimension axis. Now, you also know, in three and four ...
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Quaternions, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. Steps to realize a paper. [closed]

I have to realize a paper about quaternions and Lie Groups and Lie Algebras. How can I realize the links between quaternions and Lie Groups & Algebras. Which books do you recommend me? First, I ...
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Can different quaternions represent the same orientation?

For a current project I'm working on I have to use quaternions to represent the orientation of an object. The piece of code I'm working on now integrates rotation rates to the quaternion representing ...
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Are roots of unity in hypercomplex algebras well defined?

While playing around with cyclotomic fields, I started to wonder about taking the roots of unity in higher dimensional analogues of the complex plane. Are the roots of unity well defined in the ...
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Clifford Algebra and Fano Plane [closed]

Thank you for reading, I'm a novice, not a mathematician by trade this question could seem very simple (or even perhaps obvious) to many of you here. I've not yet found examples of this on the web. ...
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Dual quaternion inverse

Is it true that for every dual quaternion $Q$ I can find it's inverse such that $QQ^{-1} = 1?$ Using the usual definition $Q^{-1}=\frac{Q^{*}}{||Q||^2}$ doesn't work for me, since the dual part ...
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Does Shor's algorithm work for noncommutitive or nonassociative algebras?

Shor's algorithm is said to solve the hidden subgroup problem for finite Abelian groups, at least according to the Wikipedia article I read. This means that it can be used to solve factoring or ...
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Motivation for construction of cross-product (Quaternions?)

I just found a very interesting article here: http://www.johndcook.com/blog/2012/02/15/dot-cross-and-quaternion-products/ The author observes that by defining i,j,k s.t. $i^2=j^2=k^2=ijk=-1$, ...
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Complex number with 3 dimensions [duplicate]

I was looking back on complex analysis and asked myself: ''Why is there no complex number in 3 dimensions ?''. To place this question let me define with what I mean with 3 dimensions in the following. ...
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Rotation orientations in n-dimensions

I'm doing a change of variables that involves doing simple rotations on the standard basis vectors in R^n, and I'm wondering what the standard orientations are in n dimensions are and why. For ...
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Is complex symplectic structure equivalent to a quaternionic structure?

Let $S$ be a vector space over $\mathbb{C}$ of dimension $\operatorname{dim} S =2n$, let me denote by $S_\mathbb{R}$ real form of $S$ i.e. vector space over $\mathbb{R}$ of dimension $4n$. Is it true ...
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Quarternions from MPU and circumference of circles

First I should mention that my math skills are super basic. I do not understand formulas but I do understand pseudo code, C, C++, and other programming languages. I've been working on a electronics ...
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How to rotate a 3d vector to be parallel to another 3d vector using quaternions?

I have a vector (a,b,c) and another vector (d,e,f). I'm trying to rotate (a,b,c) so its parallel to (d,e,f) using quaternions. I need help understanding how I would do this. I have so far that a ...
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Analogy between the quaternion ring and extensions of the rationals

I've started studing fields and their extensions. As an exercise I proved that $[\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt2,\sqrt3):\mathbb{Q}]=4$ by showing that $B=(1,\sqrt2,\sqrt3,\sqrt6)$ is a base for the extension field ...
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How can I transform coordinate systems with quaternions?

I have a coordinate system 0 which I'd first like to rotate about its z-Axis which gives me system 1, and afterwards rotate system 1 about its y-axis which gives me system 2. See picture: Both ...
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How to deal with multiple representations of quaternions

I'm using a quaternion to represent the orientation in a kalman filter. My algorithm works fine until I rotate "upside down". I think this is because there seems to be multiple ways to represent the ...
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Sources on Hamilton's Discovery of Quaternions

This is a strange question and I'm not sure where to put it; I'm currently writing an essay for a history of maths course, and I've chosen the topic of Hamilton's discovery of the quaternions. I ...
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Quaternion and Matrix

I have a quaternion for rotation and a matrix for changing axis(change coordinate from camera to my rendering scene ). I have tested two method and i except to have equal resuls but results are ...
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geometry rotation quaternion

Express the rotation of $\mathbb R^3$ by $\frac{\pi}{4}$ about the $x = y,\ z = 0$ axis by using quaternions and identifying $\mathbb R^3$ with $(i, j, k)$-space. Find the image of the point ...
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How to raise a number to a quaternion power

Now, I know that it's (relatively) easy to calculate, say, $r^{a+bi}$ (using the fact that, for $z_1, z_2\in \mathbb{C}, {z_1}^{z_2}=e^{z_2\ln(z_1)}$ and $\ln(z_1$) can just be found using: ...
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Show that $Q_8$ can't be embedded in $M_{2 \times 2}(\mathbb{R})$ as a group.

So, suppose that we're working in a field $F$. Consider the ring $M_{n \times n} (F)$ which is the set all $n \times n$ matrices with entries in $F$. Is it possible to determine whether a matrix ...
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Integral elements with predescribed properties in quaternion orders

In the course of doing some calculations I have found myself wanting to answer the following question: Let $D/\mathbb{Q}$ be a quaternion algebra ramified at a prime $p$ and at $\infty$ and let ...
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Convert from Quaternary to Hexadecimal

I have the number (23011) in Quaternary and I have to convert it to Hexadecimal. Tried looking up for help online, but other convertors who convert the number without any explanations how it's done ...
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Plücker coordinates of the Clifford parallels

Let $$q=\cos\theta+(x_q\textbf{i}+y_q\textbf{j}+z_q\textbf{k})\sin\theta$$ be a unit quaternion parameterised by $\theta\in\mathbb{R}$, where $(x_q,y_q,z_q)$ is fixed and $x_q^2+y_q^2+z_q^2=1$, and ...