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Why are the solutions of polynomial equations so unconstrained over the quaternions?

An $n$th-degree polynomial has at most $n$ distinct zeroes in the complex numbers. But it may have an uncountable set of zeroes in the quaternions. For example, $x^2+1$ has two zeroes in $\mathbb ...
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Why are the only division algebras over the real numbers the real numbers, the complex numbers, and the quaternions?

Why are the only (associative) division algebras over the real numbers the real numbers, the complex numbers, and the quaternions? Here a division algebra is an associative algebra where every ...
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What lies beyond the Sedenions

In the construction of types of numbers, we have the following sequence: $$\mathbb{R} \subset \mathbb{C} \subset \mathbb{H} \subset \mathbb{O} \subset \mathbb{S}$$ or: $$2^0 \mathrm{-ions} \subset ...
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Why is the complex number $z=a+bi$ equivalent to the matrix form $\left(\begin{smallmatrix}a &-b\\b&a\end{smallmatrix}\right)$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Relation of this antisymmetric matrix $r = \left(\begin{smallmatrix}0 &1\\-1&0\end{smallmatrix}\right)$ to $i$ On Wikipedia, it says that: Matrix ...
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Euler angles and gimbal lock

Can someone show mathematically how gimbal lock happens when doing matrix rotation with Euler angles for yaw, pitch, roll? I'm having a hard time understanding what is going on even after reading ...
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Why are properties lost in the the Cayley-Dickson construction?

Motivating question: What lies beyond the Sedenions? I'm aware that one can construct a hierarchy of number systems via the Cayley-Dickson process: $$\mathbb{R} \subset \mathbb{C} \subset ...
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Does anyone know any resources for Quaternions for truly understanding them?

I've been studying Quaternions for a week, on my own. I've learned various facts about them but I still don't understand them. My goal is to understand rotation quaternions specifically. I don't want ...
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How do quaternions represent rotations?

I wonder how $qvq^{-1}$ gives the rotated vector of $v$. Is there any easy-to-understand proof for it? I was on Wikipedia, but I could not understand the proof there because of the conversions. Why ...
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How can one intuitively think about quaternions?

Quaternions came up while I was interning not too long ago and it seemed like no one really know how they worked. While eventually certain people were tracked down and were able to help with the ...
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How do you rotate a vector by a unit quaternion?

Given a 3-variable right-handed vector v that is a translation measured in local space and a unit quaternion representing an orientation from local to world space, how do you use the quaternion to ...
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4 dimensional numbers

I've tought using split complex and complex numbers toghether for building a 3 dimensional space (related to my previous question). I then found out using both together, we can have trouble on the ...
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Combing rotation quaternions

If I combine 2 rotation quaternions by multiplying them, lets say one represents some rotation around x axis and other represents some rotation around some arbitrary axis. The the order of rotation ...
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Square roots of $-1$ in quaternion ring

In this Wikipedia page it is said that the square roots of -1 in the quaternion ring are the elements of the imaginary sphere. I don't understand why this is so. I don't understand the system that's ...
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Quaternions and Rotations

Two of the interesting achievements in Mathematics are Classification of platonic solids, and also classification of finite groups acting on the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$, and they are very nicely ...
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Real world uses of Quaternions?

I've recently started reading about Quaternions, and I keep reading that for example they're used in computer graphics and mechanics calculations to calculate movement and rotation, but without real ...
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Quaternion distance

I am using quaternions to represent orientation as a rotational offset from a global coordinate frame. Is it correct in thinking that quaternion distance gives a metric that defines the closeness of ...
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Why should I consider the components $j^2$ and $k^2$ to be $=-1$ in the search for quaternions?

I'm reading a paper about Hamilton's discovery of quaternions and it explains why he failed in his 'theory of triplets' where he tried to make a vector with $3$ dimensions, as an analogy to the ...
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Uniform distributions on the space of rotations in 3D

I believe on moral grounds that the following three definitions are equivalent, and determine "the" uniform distribution on rotations in three dimensions. The Haar measure on $SO(3)$. The uniform ...
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What do we lose passing from the reals to the complex numbers?

As normed division algebras, when we go from the complex numbers to the quaternions, we lose commutativity. Moving on to the octonions, we lose associativity. Is there some analogous property that we ...
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The Quaternions and $SO(4)$

I am interested in the map $\phi:S^3 \times S^3 \to GL_4(\mathbb{R})$ given as follows: Let $(p,q) \in S^3 \times S^3$. We identify $p$ and $q$ as real quaternions with unit norms and define ...
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The Join of Two Copies of $S^1$

So I know the fact that the join of $S^1$ and $S^1$ is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere, but I'm having trouble "seeing" this. I'd prefer something that appeals to geometric intuition, but more formal ...
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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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How do you construct the quaternion and the multiplication rules, like Hamilton did?

So, I understand complex number multiplication, and how it represents $2D$ rotations. What I don't understand is, how you add two more imaginary numbers $j$ and $k$, and get $3D$ rotations. I believe ...
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what is the tensor product $\mathbb{H\otimes_{R}H}$

I'm looking for a simpler way of thinking about the tensor product: $\mathbb{H\otimes_{R}H}$, i.e a more known algbera which is isomorphic to it. I have built the algebra and played with it for a ...
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How can I break down a rotation of known amount around a known axis into two rotations of unknown amounts around known axes?

I have a vector that's been rotated a known amount about a known axis. I would like to break this rotation down into two separate rotations around known, linearly independent axes where the amounts I ...
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Octonionic Hopf fibration and $\mathbb HP^3$

Real, complex and quaternionic versions of Hopf fibration ($S^0\to S^n\to\mathbb RP^n$, $S^1\to S^{2n+1}\to\mathbb CP^n$ and $S^3\to S^{4n+3}\to\mathbb HP^n$) give rise to spherical fibrations ...
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How would I create a rotation matrix that rotates X by a, Y by b, and Z by c?

How would I create a rotation matrix that rotates X by a, Y by b, and Z by c? I need to formulas, unless you're using the ardor3d api's functions/methods. Matrix is set up like this ...
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Relationship between two maps from $SU(2)$ to $SO(3)$

I have two maps from $SU(2) \to SO(3)$. For the first map, think of $SU(2)$ as the group of unit quaternions. Under this identification, we can give a map $f: SU(2) \to SO(3)$ given by $SU(2)$ ...
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How to get a part of a quaternion? e.g. get half of the rotation of a quaternion?

if I have a quaternion which describes an arbitrary rotation, how can I get for example only the half rotation or something like 30% of this rotation? Thanks in advance!
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Quaternions as roots

So, I StumbledUpon this really cool site and the last picture looked almost as if it had 3D structure. This reminded me of another website where I saw pictures of the order-8 Mandelbulb. I got to ...
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What type of division is possible in 1, 2, 4, and 8 but not the 3rd dimension?

In this article that talks about some history of hamilton http://plus.maths.org/content/curious-quaternions There is a snippet that says this: Multiplication is very sneaky. You can only set up ...
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Why is quaternion algebra 4d and not 3d?

Why is quaternion algebra 4D and not 3D? Complex algebra is 2D and what is known as quaternion algebra jumps to 4D. $ i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = ijk = -1 $ Using $1, i, j,$ and $k$ as the base (where ...
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Compute Angle Between Quaternions (in Matlab)

I am working on a project where I have many quaternion attitude vectors, and I want to find the 'precision' of these quaternions with respect to each-other. Without being an expert in this type of ...
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Unit elements in Hurwitz quaternions

Hurwitz quaternions are defined as: $$H_u = \left\{a+bi+cj+dk\mid (a,b,c,d) \in\mathbb{Z}\mbox{ or }(a,b,c,d) \in\mathbb{Z}+\frac{1}{2}\right\}$$ (that is, all integer or half integer quaternions). ...
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Why do $\mathbb{C}$ and $\mathbb{H}$ generate all of $M_2(\mathbb{C})$?

For this question, I'm identifying the quaternions $\mathbb{H}$ as a subring of $M_2(\mathbb{C})$, so I view them as the set of matrices of form $$ \begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ -\bar{b} & \bar{a} ...
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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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Relative rotation between quaternions

Say I have a quaternion q which describes how to get from frame 0 to frame 1, and a quaternion r which describes how to get from frame 0 to frame 2. To get the "quaternion difference" between q and r, ...
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Commutative applying rotations around three axis

Rotating an object in a 3 dimensional space by euler angles might be intuitive but comes with some problems. First, the order of applied rotations around the different axis matters. Second, there is ...