By D. Hestenes

(revised) it is a textbook on classical mechanics on the intermediate point, yet its major goal is to function an advent to a brand new mathematical language for physics referred to as geometric algebra. Mechanics is most typically formulated this day when it comes to the vector algebra built through the yank physicist J. Willard Gibbs, yet for a few functions of mechanics the algebra of complicated numbers is extra effective than vector algebra, whereas in different purposes matrix algebra works greater. Geometric algebra integrates most of these algebraic platforms right into a coherent mathematical language which not just keeps the benefits of each one exact algebra yet possesses robust new services. This booklet covers the rather ordinary fabric for a path at the mechanics of debris and inflexible our bodies. notwithstanding, it will likely be obvious that geometric algebra brings new insights into the remedy of approximately each subject and produces simplifications that circulate the topic quick to complex degrees. That has made it attainable during this ebook to hold the therapy of 2 significant issues in mechanics well past the extent of different textbooks. a couple of phrases are so as concerning the specified remedy of those themes, specifically, rotational dynamics and celestial mechanics.

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8) at no extra cost. 4) and then parts of the same grade are separately equated. This will be our principal method for establishing identities involving inner and outer products. As another example, note that the method immediately gives the distributive rules for inner and outer products. 4) to and separating parts of different grade, we get and Here we have the distributive rules in a somewhat more general (hence more useful) form than they were presented in Chapter 1. These examples show the importance of separating a multivector or a multivector equation into parts of different grade.

With this understood, it now can be shown that the properties of the new product are almost completely determined by the obvious requirement that they be consistent with the properties already accorded to the inner and outer products. Synthesis and Simplification 31 The commutative rule together with the anticommutative rule imply a relation between ab and ba. 2) shows that, in general, ab is not equal to ba because, though their scalar parts are equal, their bivector parts are not. 1) the usual “additive property of zero” is needed, and no distinction between a scalar zero and a bivector zero is called for.

2). Since the bivector B corresponding to this parallelogram is clearly uniquely determined by this geometrical construction, it may be regarded as a kind of “product” of the vectors a and b. So write A “wedge” is used to denote this new kind of multiplication to distinguish it The Outer Product 23 from the “dot” denoting the inner product of vectors. The bivector is said to be the outer product of vectors a and b. 2). This can be simply expressed by writing Thus, reversing the order of vectors in an outer product “reverses” the orientation of the resulting bivector.