Maths - Multivector Powers

We want to calculate an expression for:



When we calculated the powers of vectors we saw that, if the vectors anti-commute (as they do in euclidean space) then the result was not necessarily closed within the vector space, if 'n' is even then the result will be a pure scalar value and if 'n' is odd then the result will be a vector. So:

grade n result
vector even scalar
vector odd vector

If we now go on to try this for pure bivectors we can see that:

grade n result
bivector even scalar
bivector odd bivector

So we can see that when m is any pure grade then:

So what if m is any mixed grade multivector?


Lets start by assuming that the multivector squares to a scalar value 's' that is: (m)²=s this assumption only applies when the real part of the multivector is zero. This value may be positive or negative since if vectors square to +ve then bivectors square to -ve so depending on which is greater will determine the sign of the square.

Other powers

So even powers will have scalar values, here are the first few powers:

power value type
s scalar (+ve or -ve)
m*s multivector
m4 scalar (+ve)
m5 m*s² multivector

I cant think of a way to analyse the more general case of a non-zero real part, I've tried this with the specific case of 2D vectors here but things get too messy.

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