nonassociative algebra

Let $k$ be a commutative unital ring, usually a field (but conceivably even a commutative rig).

A **nonassociative $k$-algebra** is a $k$-module $V$ equipped with a bilinear product $V\otimes V\to V$.

This product is typically neither associative nor unital, although it can be (an example of the red herring principle).

Some interesting subclasses are Lie algebra, Jordan algebra, Leibniz algebra, alternative algebra, associative unital algebra, composition algebra…

Mathematicians working in the field of nonassociative algebras often say simply ‘algebra’ meaning a nonassociative algebra.

Revised on April 29, 2014 23:23:10
by Toby Bartels
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