Projective plane conics over a field¶
AUTHORS:
 Marco Streng (20100720)
 Nick Alexander (20080108)

class
sage.schemes.plane_conics.con_field.
ProjectiveConic_field
(A, f)¶ Bases:
sage.schemes.curves.projective_curve.ProjectivePlaneCurve
Create a projective plane conic curve over a field. See
Conic
for full documentation.EXAMPLES:
sage: K = FractionField(PolynomialRing(QQ, 't')) sage: P.<X, Y, Z> = K[] sage: Conic(X^2 + Y^2  Z^2) Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Rational Field defined by X^2 + Y^2  Z^2

base_extend
(S)¶ Returns the conic over
S
given by the same equation asself
.EXAMPLES:
sage: c = Conic([1, 1, 1]); c Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2 sage: c.has_rational_point() False sage: d = c.base_extend(QuadraticField(1, 'i')); d Projective Conic Curve over Number Field in i with defining polynomial x^2 + 1 defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2 sage: d.rational_point(algorithm = 'rnfisnorm') (i : 1 : 0)

cache_point
(p)¶ Replace the point in the cache of
self
byp
for use byself.rational_point()
andself.parametrization()
.EXAMPLES:
sage: c = Conic([1, 1, 1]) sage: c.point([15, 17, 8]) (15/8 : 17/8 : 1) sage: c.rational_point() (15/8 : 17/8 : 1) sage: c.cache_point(c.rational_point(read_cache = False)) sage: c.rational_point() (1 : 1 : 0)

coefficients
()¶ Gives a the \(6\) coefficients of the conic
self
in lexicographic order.EXAMPLES:
sage: Conic(QQ, [1,2,3,4,5,6]).coefficients() [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] sage: P.<x,y,z> = GF(13)[] sage: a = Conic(x^2+5*x*y+y^2+z^2).coefficients(); a [1, 5, 0, 1, 0, 1] sage: Conic(a) Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 13 defined by x^2 + 5*x*y + y^2 + z^2

derivative_matrix
()¶ Gives the derivative of the defining polynomial of the conic
self
, which is a linear map, as a \(3 \times 3\) matrix.EXAMPLES:
In characteristic different from \(2\), the derivative matrix is twice the symmetric matrix:
sage: c = Conic(QQ, [1,1,1,1,1,0]) sage: c.symmetric_matrix() [ 1 1/2 1/2] [1/2 1 1/2] [1/2 1/2 0] sage: c.derivative_matrix() [2 1 1] [1 2 1] [1 1 0]
An example in characteristic \(2\):
sage: P.<t> = GF(2)[] sage: c = Conic([t, 1, t^2, 1, 1, 0]); c Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 2 (using GF2X) defined by t*x^2 + x*y + y^2 + t^2*x*z + y*z sage: c.is_smooth() True sage: c.derivative_matrix() [ 0 1 t^2] [ 1 0 1] [t^2 1 0]

determinant
()¶ Returns the determinant of the symmetric matrix that defines the conic
self
.This is defined only if the base field has characteristic different from \(2\).
EXAMPLES:
sage: C = Conic([1,2,3,4,5,6]) sage: C.determinant() 41/4 sage: C.symmetric_matrix().determinant() 41/4
Determinants are only defined in characteristic different from \(2\):
sage: C = Conic(GF(2), [1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0]) sage: C.is_smooth() True sage: C.determinant() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: The conic self (= Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 2 defined by x^2 + x*y + y^2 + x*z + y*z) has no symmetric matrix because the base field has characteristic 2

diagonal_matrix
()¶ Returns a diagonal matrix \(D\) and a matrix \(T\) such that \(T^t A T = D\) holds, where \((x, y, z) A (x, y, z)^t\) is the defining polynomial of the conic
self
.EXAMPLES:
sage: c = Conic(QQ, [1,2,3,4,5,6]) sage: d, t = c.diagonal_matrix(); d, t ( [ 1 0 0] [ 1 1 7/6] [ 0 3 0] [ 0 1 1/3] [ 0 0 41/12], [ 0 0 1] ) sage: t.transpose()*c.symmetric_matrix()*t [ 1 0 0] [ 0 3 0] [ 0 0 41/12]
Diagonal matrices are only defined in characteristic different from \(2\):
sage: c = Conic(GF(4, 'a'), [0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1]) sage: c.is_smooth() True sage: c.diagonal_matrix() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: The conic self (= Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field in a of size 2^2 defined by x*y + y^2 + x*z + y*z + z^2) has no symmetric matrix because the base field has characteristic 2

diagonalization
(names=None)¶ Returns a diagonal conic \(C\), an isomorphism of schemes \(M: C\) >
self
and the inverse \(N\) of \(M\).EXAMPLES:
sage: Conic(GF(5), [1,0,1,1,0,1]).diagonalization() (Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 5 defined by x^2 + y^2 + 2*z^2, Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 5 defined by x^2 + y^2 + 2*z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 5 defined by x^2 + y^2 + x*z + z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (x + 2*z : y : z), Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 5 defined by x^2 + y^2 + x*z + z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 5 defined by x^2 + y^2 + 2*z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (x  2*z : y : z))
The diagonalization is only defined in characteristic different from 2:
sage: Conic(GF(2), [1,1,1,1,1,0]).diagonalization() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: The conic self (= Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 2 defined by x^2 + x*y + y^2 + x*z + y*z) has no symmetric matrix because the base field has characteristic 2
An example over a global function field:
sage: K = FractionField(PolynomialRing(GF(7), 't')) sage: (t,) = K.gens() sage: C = Conic(K, [t/2,0, 1, 2, 0, 3]) sage: C.diagonalization() (Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 7 defined by 4*t*x^2 + 2*y^2 + ((3*t + 3)/t)*z^2, Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 7 defined by 4*t*x^2 + 2*y^2 + ((3*t + 3)/t)*z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 7 defined by 4*t*x^2 + 2*y^2 + x*z + 3*z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (x + 6/t*z : y : z), Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 7 defined by 4*t*x^2 + 2*y^2 + x*z + 3*z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 7 defined by 4*t*x^2 + 2*y^2 + ((3*t + 3)/t)*z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (x + 1/t*z : y : z))

gens
()¶ Returns the generators of the coordinate ring of
self
.EXAMPLES:
sage: P.<x,y,z> = QQ[] sage: c = Conic(x^2+y^2+z^2) sage: c.gens() (xbar, ybar, zbar) sage: c.defining_polynomial()(c.gens()) 0
The function
gens()
is required for the following construction:sage: C.<a,b,c> = Conic(GF(3), [1, 1, 1]) sage: C Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 3 defined by a^2 + b^2 + c^2

has_rational_point
(point=False, algorithm='default', read_cache=True)¶ Returns True if and only if the conic
self
has a point over its base field \(B\).If
point
is True, then returns a second output, which is a rational point if one exists.Points are cached whenever they are found. Cached information is used if and only if
read_cache
is True.ALGORITHM:
The parameter
algorithm
specifies the algorithm to be used:'default'
– If the base field is real or complex, use an elementary native Sage implementation.'magma'
(requires Magma to be installed) – delegates the task to the Magma computer algebra system.
EXAMPLES:
sage: Conic(RR, [1, 1, 1]).has_rational_point() False sage: Conic(CC, [1, 1, 1]).has_rational_point() True sage: Conic(RR, [1, 2, 3]).has_rational_point(point = True) (True, (1.73205080756888 : 0.000000000000000 : 1.00000000000000))
Conics over polynomial rings can be solved internally:
sage: R.<t> = QQ[] sage: C = Conic([2,t^2+1,t^21]) sage: C.has_rational_point() True
And they can also be solved with Magma:
sage: C.has_rational_point(algorithm='magma') # optional  magma True sage: C.has_rational_point(algorithm='magma', point=True) # optional  magma (True, (t : 1 : 1)) sage: D = Conic([t,1,t^2]) sage: D.has_rational_point(algorithm='magma') # optional  magma False

has_singular_point
(point=False)¶ Return True if and only if the conic
self
has a rational singular point.If
point
is True, then also return a rational singular point (orNone
if no such point exists).EXAMPLES:
sage: c = Conic(QQ, [1,0,1]); c Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + z^2 sage: c.has_singular_point(point = True) (True, (0 : 1 : 0)) sage: P.<x,y,z> = GF(7)[] sage: e = Conic((x+y+z)*(xy+2*z)); e Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 7 defined by x^2  y^2 + 3*x*z + y*z + 2*z^2 sage: e.has_singular_point(point = True) (True, (2 : 4 : 1)) sage: Conic([1, 1, 1]).has_singular_point() False sage: Conic([1, 1, 1]).has_singular_point(point = True) (False, None)
has_singular_point
is not implemented over all fields of characteristic \(2\). It is implemented over finite fields.sage: F.<a> = FiniteField(8) sage: Conic([a, a+1, 1]).has_singular_point(point = True) (True, (a + 1 : 0 : 1)) sage: P.<t> = GF(2)[] sage: C = Conic(P, [t,t,1]); C Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Finite Field of size 2 (using GF2X) defined by t*x^2 + t*y^2 + z^2 sage: C.has_singular_point(point = False) Traceback (most recent call last): ... NotImplementedError: Sorry, find singular point on conics not implemented over all fields of characteristic 2.

hom
(x, Y=None)¶ Return the scheme morphism from
self
toY
defined byx
. Herex
can be a matrix or a sequence of polynomials. IfY
is omitted, then a natural image is found if possible.EXAMPLES:
Here are a few Morphisms given by matrices. In the first example,
Y
is omitted, in the second example,Y
is specified.sage: c = Conic([1, 1, 1]) sage: h = c.hom(Matrix([[1,1,0],[0,1,0],[0,0,1]])); h Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + 2*x*y + z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (x + y : y : z) sage: h([1, 1, 0]) (0 : 1 : 0) sage: c = Conic([1, 1, 1]) sage: d = Conic([4, 1, 1]) sage: c.hom(Matrix([[0, 0, 1/2], [0, 1, 0], [1, 0, 0]]), d) Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by 4*x^2 + y^2  z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (1/2*z : y : x)
ValueError
is raised if the wrong codomainY
is specified:sage: c = Conic([1, 1, 1]) sage: c.hom(Matrix([[0, 0, 1/2], [0, 1, 0], [1, 0, 0]]), c) Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: The matrix x (= [ 0 0 1/2] [ 0 1 0] [ 1 0 0]) does not define a map from self (= Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2) to Y (= Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2)
The identity map between two representations of the same conic:
sage: C = Conic([1,2,3,4,5,6]) sage: D = Conic([2,4,6,8,10,12]) sage: C.hom(identity_matrix(3), D) Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + 2*x*y + 4*y^2 + 3*x*z + 5*y*z + 6*z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by 2*x^2 + 4*x*y + 8*y^2 + 6*x*z + 10*y*z + 12*z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (x : y : z)
An example not over the rational numbers:
sage: P.<t> = QQ[] sage: C = Conic([1,0,0,t,0,1/t]) sage: D = Conic([1/t^2, 0, 2/t^2, t, 0, (t + 1)/t^2]) sage: T = Matrix([[t,0,1],[0,1,0],[0,0,1]]) sage: C.hom(T, D) Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Rational Field defined by x^2 + t*y^2 + 1/t*z^2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Fraction Field of Univariate Polynomial Ring in t over Rational Field defined by 1/t^2*x^2 + t*y^2 + (2/t^2)*x*z + ((t + 1)/t^2)*z^2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (t*x + z : y : z)

is_diagonal
()¶ Return True if and only if the conic has the form \(a*x^2 + b*y^2 + c*z^2\).
EXAMPLES:
sage: c=Conic([1,1,0,1,0,1]); c Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + x*y + y^2 + z^2 sage: d,t = c.diagonal_matrix() sage: c.is_diagonal() False sage: c.diagonalization()[0].is_diagonal() True

is_smooth
()¶ Returns True if and only if
self
is smooth.EXAMPLES:
sage: Conic([1,1,0]).is_smooth() False sage: Conic(GF(2),[1,1,1,1,1,0]).is_smooth() True

matrix
()¶ Returns a matrix \(M\) such that \((x, y, z) M (x, y, z)^t\) is the defining equation of
self
.The matrix \(M\) is upper triangular if the base field has characteristic \(2\) and symmetric otherwise.
EXAMPLES:
sage: R.<x, y, z> = QQ[] sage: C = Conic(x^2 + x*y + y^2 + z^2) sage: C.matrix() [ 1 1/2 0] [1/2 1 0] [ 0 0 1] sage: R.<x, y, z> = GF(2)[] sage: C = Conic(x^2 + x*y + y^2 + x*z + z^2) sage: C.matrix() [1 1 1] [0 1 0] [0 0 1]

parametrization
(point=None, morphism=True)¶ Return a parametrization \(f\) of
self
together with the inverse of \(f\).If
point
is specified, then that point is used for the parametrization. Otherwise, useself.rational_point()
to find a point.If
morphism
is True, then \(f\) is returned in the form of a Scheme morphism. Otherwise, it is a tuple of polynomials that gives the parametrization.EXAMPLES:
An example over a finite field
sage: c = Conic(GF(2), [1,1,1,1,1,0]) sage: c.parametrization() (Scheme morphism: From: Projective Space of dimension 1 over Finite Field of size 2 To: Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 2 defined by x^2 + x*y + y^2 + x*z + y*z Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y) to (x*y + y^2 : x^2 + x*y : x^2 + x*y + y^2), Scheme morphism: From: Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field of size 2 defined by x^2 + x*y + y^2 + x*z + y*z To: Projective Space of dimension 1 over Finite Field of size 2 Defn: Defined on coordinates by sending (x : y : z) to (y : x))
An example with
morphism = False
sage: R.<x,y,z> = QQ[] sage: C = Curve(7*x^2 + 2*y*z + z^2) sage: (p, i) = C.parametrization(morphism = False); (p, i) ([2*x*y, x^2 + 7*y^2, 2*x^2], [1/2*x, 1/7*y + 1/14*z]) sage: C.defining_polynomial()(p) 0 sage: i[0](p) / i[1](p) x/y
A
ValueError
is raised ifself
has no rational pointsage: C = Conic(x^2 + y^2 + 7*z^2) sage: C.parametrization() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: Conic Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + 7*z^2 has no rational points over Rational Field!
A
ValueError
is raised ifself
is not smoothsage: C = Conic(x^2 + y^2) sage: C.parametrization() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: The conic self (=Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2) is not smooth, hence does not have a parametrization.

point
(v, check=True)¶ Constructs a point on
self
corresponding to the inputv
.If
check
is True, then checks ifv
defines a valid point onself
.If no rational point on
self
is known yet, then also caches the point for use byself.rational_point()
andself.parametrization()
.EXAMPLES
sage: c = Conic([1, 1, 1]) sage: c.point([15, 17, 8]) (15/8 : 17/8 : 1) sage: c.rational_point() (15/8 : 17/8 : 1) sage: d = Conic([1, 1, 1]) sage: d.rational_point() (1 : 1 : 0)

random_rational_point
(*args1, **args2)¶ Return a random rational point of the conic
self
.ALGORITHM:
 Compute a parametrization \(f\) of
self
usingself.parametrization()
.  Computes a random point \((x:y)\) on the projective line.
 Output \(f(x:y)\).
The coordinates x and y are computed using
B.random_element
, whereB
is the base field ofself
and additional arguments torandom_rational_point
are passed torandom_element
.If the base field is a finite field, then the output is uniformly distributed over the points of self.
EXAMPLES
sage: c = Conic(GF(2), [1,1,1,1,1,0]) sage: [c.random_rational_point() for i in range(10)] # output is random [(1 : 0 : 1), (1 : 0 : 1), (1 : 0 : 1), (0 : 1 : 1), (1 : 0 : 1), (0 : 0 : 1), (1 : 0 : 1), (1 : 0 : 1), (0 : 0 : 1), (1 : 0 : 1)] sage: d = Conic(QQ, [1, 1, 1]) sage: d.random_rational_point(den_bound = 1, num_bound = 5) # output is random (24/25 : 7/25 : 1) sage: Conic(QQ, [1, 1, 1]).random_rational_point() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: Conic Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2 has no rational points over Rational Field!
 Compute a parametrization \(f\) of

rational_point
(algorithm='default', read_cache=True)¶ Return a point on
self
defined over the base field.Raises
ValueError
if no rational point exists.See
self.has_rational_point
for the algorithm used and for the use of the parametersalgorithm
andread_cache
.EXAMPLES:
Examples over \(\QQ\)
sage: R.<x,y,z> = QQ[] sage: C = Conic(7*x^2 + 2*y*z + z^2) sage: C.rational_point() (0 : 1 : 0) sage: C = Conic(x^2 + 2*y^2 + z^2) sage: C.rational_point() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: Conic Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + 2*y^2 + z^2 has no rational points over Rational Field! sage: C = Conic(x^2 + y^2 + 7*z^2) sage: C.rational_point(algorithm = 'rnfisnorm') Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: Conic Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + y^2 + 7*z^2 has no rational points over Rational Field!
Examples over number fields
sage: P.<x> = QQ[] sage: L.<b> = NumberField(x^35) sage: C = Conic(L, [3, 2, b]) sage: p = C.rational_point(algorithm = 'rnfisnorm') sage: p # output is random (1/3*b^2  4/3*b + 4/3 : b^2  2 : 1) sage: C.defining_polynomial()(list(p)) 0 sage: K.<i> = QuadraticField(1) sage: D = Conic(K, [3, 2, 5]) sage: D.rational_point(algorithm = 'rnfisnorm') # output is random (3 : 4*i : 1) sage: L.<s> = QuadraticField(2) sage: Conic(QQ, [1, 1, 3]).has_rational_point() False sage: E = Conic(L, [1, 1, 3]) sage: E.rational_point() # output is random (1 : s : 1)
Currently Magma is better at solving conics over number fields than Sage, so it helps to use the algorithm ‘magma’ if Magma is installed:
sage: q = C.rational_point(algorithm = 'magma', read_cache=False) # optional  magma sage: q # output is random, optional  magma (1/5*b^2 : 1/5*b^2 : 1) sage: C.defining_polynomial()(list(p)) # optional  magma 0 sage: len(str(p)) > 1.5*len(str(q)) # optional  magma True sage: D.rational_point(algorithm = 'magma', read_cache=False) # random, optional  magma (1 : 2*i : 1) sage: E.rational_point(algorithm='magma', read_cache=False) # random, optional  magma (s : 1 : 1) sage: F = Conic([L.gen(), 30, 20]) sage: q = F.rational_point(algorithm='magma') # optional  magma sage: q # output is random, optional  magma (10/7*s + 40/7 : 5/7*s  6/7 : 1) sage: p = F.rational_point(read_cache=False) sage: p # output is random (788210*s  1114700 : 171135*s + 242022 : 1) sage: len(str(p)) > len(str(q)) # optional  magma True sage: Conic([L.gen(), 30, 21]).has_rational_point(algorithm='magma') # optional  magma False
Examples over finite fields
sage: F.<a> = FiniteField(7^20) sage: C = Conic([1, a, 5]); C Projective Conic Curve over Finite Field in a of size 7^20 defined by x^2 + (a)*y^2 + 2*z^2 sage: C.rational_point() # output is random (4*a^19 + 5*a^18 + 4*a^17 + a^16 + 6*a^15 + 3*a^13 + 6*a^11 + a^9 + 3*a^8 + 2*a^7 + 4*a^6 + 3*a^5 + 3*a^4 + a^3 + a + 6 : 5*a^18 + a^17 + a^16 + 6*a^15 + 4*a^14 + a^13 + 5*a^12 + 5*a^10 + 2*a^9 + 6*a^8 + 6*a^7 + 6*a^6 + 2*a^4 + 3 : 1)
Examples over \(\RR\) and \(\CC\)
sage: Conic(CC, [1, 2, 3]).rational_point() (0 : 1.22474487139159*I : 1) sage: Conic(RR, [1, 1, 1]).rational_point() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: Conic Projective Conic Curve over Real Field with 53 bits of precision defined by x^2 + y^2 + z^2 has no rational points over Real Field with 53 bits of precision!

singular_point
()¶ Returns a singular rational point of
self
EXAMPLES:
sage: Conic(GF(2), [1,1,1,1,1,1]).singular_point() (1 : 1 : 1)
ValueError
is raised if the conic has no rational singular pointsage: Conic(QQ, [1,1,1,1,1,1]).singular_point() Traceback (most recent call last): ... ValueError: The conic self (= Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by x^2 + x*y + y^2 + x*z + y*z + z^2) has no rational singular point

symmetric_matrix
()¶ The symmetric matrix \(M\) such that \((x y z) M (x y z)^t\) is the defining equation of
self
.EXAMPLES
sage: R.<x, y, z> = QQ[] sage: C = Conic(x^2 + x*y/2 + y^2 + z^2) sage: C.symmetric_matrix() [ 1 1/4 0] [1/4 1 0] [ 0 0 1] sage: C = Conic(x^2 + 2*x*y + y^2 + 3*x*z + z^2) sage: v = vector([x, y, z]) sage: v * C.symmetric_matrix() * v x^2 + 2*x*y + y^2 + 3*x*z + z^2

upper_triangular_matrix
()¶ The uppertriangular matrix \(M\) such that \((x y z) M (x y z)^t\) is the defining equation of
self
.EXAMPLES:
sage: R.<x, y, z> = QQ[] sage: C = Conic(x^2 + x*y + y^2 + z^2) sage: C.upper_triangular_matrix() [1 1 0] [0 1 0] [0 0 1] sage: C = Conic(x^2 + 2*x*y + y^2 + 3*x*z + z^2) sage: v = vector([x, y, z]) sage: v * C.upper_triangular_matrix() * v x^2 + 2*x*y + y^2 + 3*x*z + z^2

variable_names
()¶ Returns the variable names of the defining polynomial of
self
.EXAMPLES:
sage: c=Conic([1,1,0,1,0,1], 'x,y,z') sage: c.variable_names() ('x', 'y', 'z') sage: c.variable_name() 'x'
The function
variable_names()
is required for the following construction:sage: C.<p,q,r> = Conic(QQ, [1, 1, 1]) sage: C Projective Conic Curve over Rational Field defined by p^2 + q^2 + r^2
