[ noun ] (mathematics) a field of scalars
Used in print(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)
We can do this through the characteristic values and vectors of T in certain special cases , i.e. , when the minimal polynomial for T factors over the scalar_field F into a product of distinct monic_polynomials of degree 1 .
First , T may not have a single characteristic value ; this is really a deficiency in the scalar_field , namely , that it is not algebraically closed .