abstract algebra impossible in maple? (20.12.02)

Charles James Leonardo Quarra Cappiello

The dot product on Maple ( ’.’ operator ) has no effect upon undefined objects, even if the effect of such operation may depend only on the conmutative properties.

a desired capability would be the following:

 >(A + t*B).(A + t*B); 
 
            (A + tB)(A + tB) 
 
 >expand(%); 
 
                          2              2  2 
                         A  + 2 A t B + t  B 
 
 >collect(%,t) assuming commute(t,[A,B]); (t commutes with A and B) 
 
                          2                 2  2 
                         A  + t(BA + AB) + t (B ) 

currently this doesnt seem to be possible

Other thing that ’should’ be easily computable but seem to not be implemented yet is bra-ket formalism

ie: 
 
 > <psi|:=a*<e1| + b*<e2| + c*<e3|:            //(a basis) 
 
 > expand( <psi|rho> ); 
 
           a*<e1|rho> + b*<e2|rho> + c*<e3|rho> 
 
 > Projector:= |psi><psi|: 
 
 > Projector.|psi>; 
 
          _        _        _         _           _           _ 
        ( a*|e1> + b*|e2> + c*|e3> )*(aa<e1|e1> + ab<e1|e2> + ac<e1|e3> + 
_           _           _           _           _           _ 
ba<e2|e1> + bb<e2|e2> + bc<e2|e3> + ca<e3|e1> + cb<e3|e2> + cc<e3|e3>) 
 
 >% assuming(real,a,b,c), additionally( orthonormal, |e1> , |e2> , |e3> ); 
 
                                    2    2    2 
     ( a*|e1> + b*|e2> + c*|e3> )*(a  + b  + c )

But again, this doesnt seem to be possible, and im not aware what language resources are available to Maple to implement it. Any hints about this?

Robert Israel (20.12.02)

| a desired capability would be the following: ...

Huh? This is only valid if A commutes with t*B and t commutes with B. You should get A.A + A.(t*B) + (t*B).A + (t*B).(t*B).

It is true that expand does not do anything with ”.”. Here is at least a partial remedy:


| >collect(%,t) assuming commute(t,[A,B]); (t commutes with A and B)

It would be ”commute”.

Dr Francis J. Wright (2.1.03)

> The dot product on Maple ( ’.’ operator ) has no effect ...

Dot is specifically defined to be non-commutative unless one of its operands is explicitly numerical. However, one way to make . commutative in Maple 8 is as follows (which should work in all versions since Maple 6):

> use `.`=`*` in 
>    (A + t*B).(A + t*B) 
> end use; 
 
                                       2 
                              (A + t B)

> Other thing that ’should’ be easily computable ...

Since Maple 6, the read syntax <...|...> is used to represent a row vector, so it could be used for bra-ket notation only if there were some mechanism for redefining read syntax and I’m not aware of any such mechanism.

Customization of the read and print facilities is an area in which Maple is weak compared with other CASs (such as REDUCE). If you are prepared to use a different read syntax, such as bra and ket as functions, then it should not be too hard to implement the formalism. You could overload . in a module to implement the various non-commutative products involved.