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I is called a two-sided ideal if it is invariant under multiplication on both the left and the right by an arbitrary element of A . I is called a left (right) ideal if it is invariant under multiplication from the left (right) only. In both the Pauli and Dirac algebras the only two-sided ideals are the zero element and the whole algebra. For brevity, we will apply the appellation ideal only to left ideals. An ideal is called minimal if it contains only itself and the zero element as ideals. An element of a minimal left ideal I will be called a left-spinor, or again for brevity, simply a spinor.

An n-vector in Cn will be called a pseudoscalar, an (n − 1)-vector a pseudovector, etc. We shall call r the degree of an r-vector. The geometric term “dimension’ is perhaps more appropriate, but we shall be using it to 3. Inner and Outer Products 7 signify the number of linearly independent vectors in a vector space. By multivector we shall understand an r-vector of unspecified degree. 5), we define the outer product of a simple rvector with a simple s-vector. (a1 ∧ a2 ∧ . . ∧ ar ) ∧ (b1 ∧ b2 ∧ .

1) By taking all products of the σ k we generate a tensor basis for P. P is a linear space of dimension 23 = 8. The elements of the tensor basis in P can be given geometric interpretation. 2) can be interpreted as a unit element of area oriented in the jk-plane. The unit element of volume is so important that we represent it by the special symbol i, i = σ1 ∧ σ2 ∧ σ3 = σ1σ2σ3. 3) for example, page 437 of reference [7]. the same way that we extend the concept of a vector to a vector field on a manifold, we can extend the concept of a c-number to a c-number field.