# Alternating algebra

Short description: Algebra with a graded anticommutativity property on multiplication

In mathematics, an alternating algebra is a Z-graded algebra for which xy = (−1)deg(x)deg(y)yx for all nonzero homogeneous elements x and y (i.e. it is an anticommutative algebra) and has the further property that x2 = 0 for every homogeneous element x of odd degree.[1]

## Properties

• The algebra formed as the direct sum of the homogeneous subspaces of even degree of an anticommutative algebra A is a subalgebra contained in the centre of A, and is thus commutative.
• An anticommutative algebra A over a (commutative) base ring R in which 2 is not a zero divisor is alternating.[2]