# Inner Product Axioms

• Apr 26th 2009, 08:00 PM
hasanbalkan
Inner Product Axioms
Hello,

I would appreciate your help on the following problem.

A rule being used to define the mathematics of a vector space is
$\displaystyle <\vec{u},\vec{v}>=u_{1}v_{2}+u_{2}v_{1}$
Determine and state which axiom fails.

I tried the four axioms (symmetry, additive, homogeneity, and positive definite), but none seems to fail. Am I missing anything?

Thank you in advance!
• Apr 26th 2009, 08:12 PM
NonCommAlg
Quote:

Originally Posted by hasanbalkan
Hello,

I would appreciate your help on the following problem.

A rule being used to define the mathematics of a vector space is
$\displaystyle <\vec{u},\vec{v}>=u_{1}v_{2}+u_{2}v_{1}$
Determine and state which axiom fails.

I tried the four axioms (symmetry, additive, homogeneity, and positive definite), but none seems to fail. Am I missing anything?

Thank you in advance!

it's not positive definite! for example consider $\displaystyle u=v=(1,-1).$
• Apr 27th 2009, 04:48 AM
HallsofIvy
Also notice that the inner product of <1, 0> with itself is <1, 0>.<1, 0>= 1(0)+ 0(1)= 0.