Isotropic quadratic form

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2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 15A63 [MSN][ZBL]

A quadratic form $q$ on a vector space over a field $F$ which is non-degenerate (the associated bilinear form is non-singular) but which represents zero non-trivially: there is a non-zero vector $v$ such that $q(v) = 0$.

An anisotropic quadratic form' $q$ is one for which $q(v) = 0 \Rightarrow v=0$.


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