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Lacking a zero element, this set does not have a linear structure. You might now expect a set of axioms for the operation A. Curiously, a suitable set of axioms is neither obvious, simple, nor useful. A better way to describe the structure of an affine space is subtractive. An affine space is a linear space minus its origin. Given a linear space, we can easily see that the affine map Ak(a, b) = a+k(b—a) is invariant under changes of the origin. The consistency conditions on the operation A are best described by saying that the choice of any element e as the zero element turns an affine space into a linear space if we define scaling by ka = A k (e, a), and addition by a+b= A 2 (e, Av 2 (a, b)).

We are not thinking of these as the result of an operator "D" applied once or twice to f. Example: For f(x) = x 2 , we have, at x = 0, f(x) = f(0)+Df(0)•x+D 2f(0)• (x, x) =x 2 , and so the first differential at zero is zero, and the second differential is the bilinear map (x, y) ^ xy. 2. Dijferential calculus 25 Any such bilinear map from 1R 2 JR can again be represented by a single number, and in one-variable calculus this number is called the second derivative. Extrema Many physically interesting problems can be formulated as extremum problems.

A rotation in the Euclidean plane is represented in Cartesian coordinates by the bivector (unique up to scale) Sl= ex Aey. With a metric the operation SZ•v can be defined by I2. v= (Ç(v), • ). This gives you the velocity of the tip of the vector y under a rotation whose rate is Sl. This metric inner product, which we will use only rarely, will be represented by a boldfaced centered dot. Examples: The bivector El= ex net represents a Lorentz transformation. We have SI• ex=(ex•ex)et=et, E2. er = —(e t •et )ex =ex .