A Quaternion Algebra Tool Set

Here is a compilation of basic algebra for quaternions. It should look very similar to complex algebra, since it contains three sets of complex numbers, t + x i, t + y j, and t + z k. To strengthen the link, and keep things looking simpler, all quaternions have been written as a pair of a scalar t and a 3-vector V, as in (t, V). All these relations have been tested in a C library and a Java quaternion calculator.

Technical note: it is vital that every tool in this set can be expressed as working with a whole quaternion q. This will make doing quaternion analysis with automorphic functions fruitful.

Parts

The scalar of q equals q plus its conjugate over two equals (t, zero)

The vector of q equals q minus its conjugate over two equals (zero, V)

Simple algebra

The absolute value of q equals the square root of q times its conjugate
equals (the square root of t squared plus V dot V,
0)

The norm of q equals q times its conjugate equals (t squared plus V dot V,
0)

The determinant of q equals q times its conjugate squared equals (the
square of t squared plus V dot V, 0)

The sum of q and q prime equals (t plus t', V plus
V')

The difference of q and q prime equals (t minus t', V minus
V')

The conjugate of q equals q* equals (t, minus V)

The inverse of q equal q conjugated over its norm equals (t, -V) over (t
squared plus V dot V).

The adjoint of q equals q conjugated times its norm equals (t, -V) times
(t squared plus V dot V).

Multiplication

The Grassman product as defined here uses the same rule Hamilton developed. The Euclidean product takes the conjugate of the first of the two elements (following a tradition from quantum mechanics).

The Grassman product of q and q' equals q times q prime equals (t t prime
minus V dot V prime, t V prime plus V t prime plus V cross V
prime).

The Grassman even product of q and q' equals q times q prime plus q prime q
over two equals (t t prime minus V dot V prime, t V prime plus V t
prime).

The Grassman odd product of q and q' equals q times q prime minus q prime q
over two equals (zero, V cross V prime).

The Euclidean product of q and q' equals q conjugated times q prime equals
(t t prime plus V dot V prime, t V prime minus V t prime minus V cross V
prime).

The Euclidean even product of q and q' equals q conjugated times q prime
plus q prime q conjugated over two equals (t t prime plus V dot V prime,
zero).

The Euclidean odd product of q and q' equals q conjugated times q prime
minus q prime q conjugated over two equals (zero, t V prime minus V t prime
minus V cross V prime).

Trigonometry

The sine of q equals (sin t hyperbolic cosine absolute value of V, cosine t
hyperbolic sine of the absolute value of V times V normalized to
V)

The cosine of q equals (cos t hyperbolic cosine absolute value of V, minus
sine t hyperbolic sine of the absolute value of V times V normalized to
V)

The tangent of q equals the sine of q times the inverse of the cosine of
q

Note: since the unit vectors of sine and cosine are the same, these two commute so the order is irrelevant.

The arcsine of q equals minus V normalized to V times the hyperbolic arcsine
of q times V normalized to V.

The arccosine of q equals minus V normalized to V times the hyperbolic
arccosine of q.

The arctangent of q equals minus V normalized to V times the hyperbolic
arctangent of q times V normalized to V.

The hyperbolic sine of q equals (hyperbolic sin t cosine absolute value of
V, hyperbolic cosine t sine of the absolute value of V times V normalized to
V)

The hyperbolic cosine of q equals (hyperbolic cos t cosine absolute value
of V, hyperbolic sine t sine of the absolute value of V times V normalized to
V)

The hyperbolic tangent of q equals the hyperbolic sine of q times the
inverse of the hyperbolic cosine of q

The hyperbolic arcsine of q equals the natural log of (q plus the square
root of q squared plus q).

The hyperbolic arccosine of q equals the natural log of (q plus or minus
the square root of q squared minus one).

The hyperbolic arctangent of q equals one half times the natural log of
(one plus q over one minus q).

Powers

The exponential of q equals (e to the t cosine absolute value of V, e to
the t sine of the absolute value of V times V normalized to
V)

q raised to the q prime equals the exponential of the natural log of q time
q prime.

Logs

The natural log of q equals (one half times the natural log of t squared
plus V dot V, the arctan of absolute value of V, angle t time V normalized to
V.

The log base 10 equals the natural log of q over the natural log of
10.

Quaternion exponential multiplication

The Grassman product of two exponentials q and q' equals the even Grassman
product times the absolute value of the odd Grassman product times the
exponential of pi over 2 times the odd Grassman product normalized to
itself.

The Euclidean product of two exponentials q and q' equals the even Euclidean
product times the absolute value of the odd Euclidean product times the
exponential of pi over 2 times the odd Euclidean product normalized to
itself.

Andrew Millard suggested the result for the Grassman product.