Norm of product

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Norm of a product

Normed division algebras require that the norm of the product is equal to the product of the norms. Lagrange's identity exhibits this equality. Due to Hurwitz theorem, it admits this interpretation only for algebras isomorphic to the real numbers, complex numbers, quaternions and octonions. If divisors of zero are allowed, many other algebraic structures in are possible [1], [2]. One approach has been presented in the context of a deformed Lorentz metric. This latter proposal is based on a transformation stemming from the product operation and magnitude definition in hyperbolic scator algebra [3]. The product identity used as a starting point here, is a consequence of the equality for scator algebras. However, care should be taken to avoid the divisors of zero.

The fourth order identity gives Lagrange's identity.The sixth order identities are derived here. An extended version of these results are available in an open source journal [4].

sixth order identity

The non trivial identities for real numbers obtained to sixth order series expansion of the product identity



and its counterpart, obtained by interchanging the variables and . To prove it, expand the product identity in series up to sixth order. The LHS is

Consider only the sixth order terms

The RHS of the product identity is similarly expanded in series up to sixth order

and only sixth order terms retained

These two results are equated for equal powers of . The terms and give trivial identities whereas the terms involving and give the non trivial sixth order identities


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  4. M. Fernández-Guasti. Lagrange's identity obtained from product identity, Int. Math. Forum, 70(52):2555-2559, 2012. [1]