# Quaternion Sentence Examples

Thus every

**quaternion**may be written in the form q = Sq+Vq, where either Sq or Vq may separately vanish; so that ordinary algebraic quantities (or scalars, as we shall call them) and pure vectors may each be regarded as special cases of quaternions.The equations q'+x = q and y+q' = q are satisfied by the same

**quaternion**, which is denoted by q - q'.In the applications of the calculus the co-ordinates of a

**quaternion**are usually assumed to be numerical; when they are complex, the**quaternion**is further distinguished by Hamilton as a biquaternion.The outer and inner products of two extensive quantities A, B, are in many ways analogous to the

**quaternion**symbols Vab and Sab respectively.These may be compared and contrasted with such

**quaternion**formulae as S(VabVcd) =SadSbc-SacSbd dSabc = aSbcd - bScda+cSadb where a, b, c, d denote arbitrary vectors.The word "

**quaternion**" properly means " a set of four."From the purely geometrical point of view, a

**quaternion**may be regarded as the quotient of two directed lines in space - or, what comes to the same thing, as the factor, or operator, which changes one directed line into another.We may state, in passing, that every

**quaternion**can be represented as a (cos 0+ 7 sin 9), - where a is a real number, 6 a real angle, and it a directed unit line whose square is - 1.Hence, and in this lies the main element of the symmetry and simplicity of the

**quaternion**calculus, all systems of three mutually rectangular unit lines in space have the same properties as the fundamental system i, j, k.This fundamental system, therefore, becomes unnecessary; and the

**quaternion**method, in every case, takes its reference lines solely from the problem to which it is applied.AdvertisementHamilton seems never to have been quite satisfied with the apparent heterogeneity of a

**quaternion**, depending as it does on a numerical and a directed part.The year after the first publication of the

**quaternion**method, there appeared a work of great originality, by Grassmann," in which results closely analogous to some of those of Hamilton were given.Hamilton had geometrical application as his main object; when he realized the

**quaternion**system, he felt that his object was gained, and thenceforth confined himself to the development of his method.But his claims, however great they may be, can in no way conflict with those of Hamilton, whose mode of multiplying couples (in which the " inner " and " outer " multiplication are essentially involved) was produced in 1833, and whose

**quaternion**system was completed and published before Grassmann had elaborated for press even the rudimentary portions of his own system, in which the veritable difficulty of the whole subject, the application to angles in space, had not even been attacked.Any

**quaternion**may now be expressed in numerous simple forms. Thus we may regard it as the sum of a number and a line, a+a, or as the product, fly, or the quotient, be-', of two directed lines, &c., while, in many cases, we may represent it, so far as it is required, by a single letter such as q, r, &c.AdvertisementBut every

**quaternion**formula is a proposition in spherical (sometimes degrading to plane) trigonometry, and has the full advantage of the symmetry of the method.And one of Hamilton's earliest advances in the study of his system (an advance independently made, only a few months later, by Arthur Cayley) was the interpretation of the singular operator q()q1, where q is a

**quaternion**.Here, then, is a case specially adapted to the isotropy of the

**quaternion**system; and Hamilton easily saw that the expression i d x +j - + k dz could be, like ix+jy+ kz, effectively expressed by a single letter.No better testimony to the value of the

**quaternion**method could be desired than the constant use made of its notation by mathematicians like Clifford (in his Kinematic) and by physicists like ClerkMaxwell (in his Electricity and Magnetism).Shaw, in America, independently of Joly, has interpreted the

**quaternion**as a point-symbol.AdvertisementThis is the basis of a method parallel throughout to the

**quaternion**method; in the specification of rotors and motors it is independent of the origin which for these purposes the**quaternion**method, pure and simple, requires.If Q= Ep+nq+wr and we put Q= (I +Zwt)(Ep-i-nq)X (1 Zwt) -1 we find that the

**quaternion**t must be 2f (r) /f (q - p), where f(r)=rq - Kpr.When Su = o, (I + 2wu) () (1 + zwu) -1 is an operator which shifts (without further change) the tri -

**quaternion**operand an amount given by u in direction and distance.A unit

**quaternion**has m = 1. det( Q R )= m 4.He indulged in a great deal of speculation as to the existence of an extra-spatial unit, which was to furnish the raison d'etre of the numerical part, and render the

**quaternion**homogeneous as well as linear.AdvertisementJason Wilkins (fenix at io dot com). Wrote the

**quaternion**math routines and contributed the BeOS port.Block diagrams illustrate the conversion of an airplane motion parameters from body to earth axis for Euler angles and for the

**quaternion**parameters.His work was a major factor in the development of vector analysis, in opposition to

**quaternion**methods.A unit

**quaternion**has m = 1. det( Q R)= m 4.