Laws of inertia in higher degree binary forms

Author:
Bruce Reznick

Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **138** (2010), 815-826

MSC (2010):
Primary 11E76, 15A21

Published electronically:
November 3, 2009

MathSciNet review:
2566547

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Abstract: We consider representations of real forms of even degree as a linear combination of powers of real linear forms, counting the number of positive and negative coefficients. We show that the natural generalization of Sylvester's Law of Inertia holds for binary quartics but fails for binary sextics.

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**Bruce Reznick**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801

Email:
reznick@math.uiuc.edu

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-09-10186-7

Received by editor(s):
June 30, 2009

Published electronically:
November 3, 2009

Communicated by:
Ken Ono

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