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    [SOLVED] Proof

    The quaternions are expressions of the form a+bi+cj+dk, where a;b;c;d are
    real numbers. They are added by the “obvious rule”, and multiplication is based on the formulae:

    i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = ijk = -1:

    (a) Prove that the associative law for multiplication holds.
    (b) Prove that the distributive law holds.
    (c) Prove that the commutative law for multiplication does not hold.[/tex]

    How would I prove these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaldo_07 View Post
    The quaternions are expressions of the form a+bi+cj+dk, where a;b;c;d are
    real numbers. They are added by the “obvious rule”, and multiplication is based on the formulae:

    i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = ijk = -1:

    (a) Prove that the associative law for multiplication holds.
    (b) Prove that the distributive law holds.
    (c) Prove that the commutative law for multiplication does not hold.[/tex]

    How would I prove these?
    I help you start, ijk = -1 \implies i^2jk = - i \implies jk=i.
    But then, jk^2 = ik \implies ik = -j .
    Also, jk = i \implies j^2 k = ji \implies ji = -k.
    Now, ijk = -1 \implies ijk^2 = -k \implies ij = k.
    Continue from here to get the other identities: kj = -i, ki = j
    We see from here ji \not = ij.
    Thus, they are not commutative.
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    Done it thanks
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