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).

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

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

Revised on August 20, 2014 07:54:15
by Urs Schreiber
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