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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 $\mathbb C$,...
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Exponential Function of Quaternion - Derivation

The equation for the exponential function of a quaternion $q = a + b i + c j + dk$ is supposed to be $$e^{q} = e^a (\cos(\sqrt{b^2+c^2+d^2})+\frac{(b i + c j + dk)}{\sqrt{b^2+c^2+d^2}} \sin(\sqrt{b^2+...
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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 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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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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Quaternions vs Axis angle

Whats the use of representing rotation with quaternions compared to normal axis angle representation? I've been trying to learn quaternions and they make enough sense but as far as I can tell ...
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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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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: $\ln(a+bi)...
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half sine and half cosine quaternions

Something is a little bit unclear to me. In the image below you see that you need to divide the angle by a half. Acccording to wikipedia they say that this is so that I could rotate clockwise or ...
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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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Proving that $\mathbb R^3$ cannot be made into a real division algebra (and that extending complex multiplication would not work)

I am trying to solve the following exercise: 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. ...
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Why are properties lost in 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 \mathbb{H}...
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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 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 issue,...
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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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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 $\phi(p,...
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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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$x^2+1=0$ uncountable many solutions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are the solutions of polynomial equations so unconstrained over the quaternions? Coudl someone explain me the following: Why should $x^2+1=0$ have uncountable infinite ...
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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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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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Proof that Quaternion Algebras are simple

I have a proof that every quaternion algebra over a field $A=\left(\frac{a,b}{F}\right)$ is simple, i.e. has no nontrivial two-sided ideals, which appeals to the algebraic closure of $F$ and the ...
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Can there be a set of numbers, which have properties like those of quaternions, but of dimension 3? [duplicate]

We all know what the complex numbers are : basically $$R^2$$ with a specified product formula, which is $$(a,b).(c,d)=(ac-bd,ad+bc).$$Hamilton defined the quaternions, which are a wonderful set of ...
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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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Combining 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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Math beyond Quaternions

Quaternions remove the commutative property and octonions eliminate the associative property can we go any higher and eliminate more properties?
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Examples of a non commutative division ring

What are some examples of a non commutative division ring other than quaternions?
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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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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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Quaternion for beginner

QUATERNION ROTATIONI have 2 points in 3d space ,point A= <5,3,6> and B=<8,2,3> I want to rotate "point B" by 30 degree from point A. how do I solve this question using quaternion. Plz, ...
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Can Euler's identity be extended to quaternions?

Euler's identity is $e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0$, a special case of the Euler's formula $e^{i\theta} = \cos\theta + i\sin\theta$, where $\theta = \pi$ (half-turn of the unit circle). It is commonly described ...
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Is the set of quaternions $\mathbb{H}$ algebraically closed?

A skew field $K$ is said to be algebraically closed if it contains a root for every non-constant polynomial in $K[x]$. I know that this is true for $\mathbb{C}$, which is the algebraic closure of $\...
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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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Is there an algebraic closure for the quaternions?

This post is a sequel of: Is the set of quaternions $\mathbb{H}$ algebraically closed? This answer shows that: 1. $\mathbb{H}$ is algebraically closed for the polynomials of the form $\sum a_r x^r$...
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What is the motivation for quaternions?

I know imaginary numbers solve $x^2 +1=0$, but what is the motivation for quaternions?
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Does the exceptional Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}_2$ arise from the isometry group of any projective space?

I learned from Baez's notes on octonions that the classical simple Lie algebras can be identified with the Lie algebras of isometry groups of projective spaces over $\mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}$ and $\...
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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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What specific algebraic properties are broken at each Cayley-Dickson stage beyond octonions?

I'm starting to come around to an understanding of hypercomplex numbers, and I'm particularly fascinated by the fact that certain algebraic properties are broken as we move through each of the $2^n$ ...
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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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Rotate Quaternion A by 180 degrees

Suppose you have an arbitrary quaternion - call it A - how do you rotate it by 180 degrees? Is there a way to do this without convert to angle-axis representation, i.e., keep it within the ...
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One more question about mapping quaternionic matrices into real matrices

Real matrices that lie in the image of the inclusion homomorphism $\rho_n: M_n(\mathbb C) \to M_{2n}(\mathbb R)$ are called complex linear real matrices. It is easy to see that a real matrix is ...
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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 + \vec{...
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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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Mean value of the rotation angle is 126.5°

In the paper "Applications of Quaternions to Computation with Rotations" by Eugene Salamin, 1979 (click here), they get 126.5 degrees as the mean value of the rotation angle of a random rotation (by ...
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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 bit,...
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the logarithm of quaternion

I'm reading 3D math primer for graphics and game development by Fletcher Dunn and Ian Parberry. On page 170, the logarithm of quaternion is defined as \begin{align} \log \mathbf q &= \log \left( \...
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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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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 $S^1\to\...