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Christoffel Symbols in Flat Space-Time

Does it make sense to talk about Christoffel symbols in flat space time? Do they have non-zero values? I understand that the Christoffel symbols appear as an indication of curvature in space. So, are ...
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Border rank of tensors

Can anyone help me find the rank and border rank of the following tensor: \begin{align} T=a_{11}\otimes b_{11}\otimes c_{11}+a_{12}\otimes b_{21}\otimes c_{11}+a_{11}\otimes b_{12}\otimes c_{12}\\ ...
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Is every tensor the gradient of a vector?

I guess no, since every vector is not the gradient of a scalar - I assume ! Please confirm or guide in this regard .
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Strassen's Laser Method Technique AND Tensors in matrix multiplication algorithms

I understand the first algorithm presented by Strassen in 1968, for fast matrix multiplication. This was the first improvement to the naive approach of multiplying matrices. Thereafter, he went on to ...
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Ricci Contraction

Is Ricci Contraction different from ordinary Contraction or are they the same? I understand that in ordinary tensor contraction, you contract( equate two indices) one index of the tensor with respect ...
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Ricci Curvature in Terms of Christoffel Symbols

$$\large R_{ij} = R^{\ell}_{i\ell j} = g^{\ell m}R_{i\ell jm} = g^{\ell m} R_{\ell imj} = \frac{\partial\Gamma^{\ell}_{ij}}{\partial x^{\ell}} - \frac{\partial ...
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Matrix representations of tensors

I've been trying to teach myself general relativity, and I always get stuck at the same point: I don't really understand what the metric tensor is. Unless I'm incorrect, and please correct me if I'm ...
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Index notation interpretation for matrices

I want to understand the how to interpret the matrices which are represented by index notation. Here is my matrix $𝜎_{𝑖𝑗}+𝜎_{𝑖𝑘}𝑤_{𝑘𝑗}−𝑤_{𝑖𝑘} 𝜎_{𝑘𝑗}$ All the matrices in the equation ...
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Matrix tensor indices

Suppose I have an orthonormal basis $$B = \left \{ u_{i} \right \}_{i=1}^{\infty}$$ Then for a matrix $K$, do I represent it as $$K = \sum_{j,k=0}^{\infty}k_{jk}\left ( u_{i}\bigotimes u_{j} ...
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Help explain “3d algebra”

The following is part of my lecture note, but I get lost after the first paragraph. I know what is "even" permutation and "odd permutation" which I learned from my abstract algebra course, and figured ...
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Exponential map on a sphere in spherical coordinates

Let $M = \{ (x_\varphi, x_\theta) : x_\varphi \in [0, \pi), \thinspace x_\theta \in [0, 2\pi) \}$ be a manifold with metric $\mathrm{d}s^2 = (\sin \varphi)^2 \mathrm{d}\theta^2 + \mathrm{d}\varphi^2$ ...
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Tensors in matrix multiplication algorithms

Fast matrix multiplication algorithms, be it the Winograd and Coppersmith algorithm or any further improvement of it, extensively use tensors. In fact, the entire construction is based on tensor ...
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The Differential Geometry of a 2-D Surface

I'm currently self-studying the differential geometry of embedded surfaces. My question is, how am I to chose the appropriate coordinates and derive the covariant basis for the surface I'm interested ...
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What do tensors of second order map to?

On page 15 of James G. Simmonds book "A brief on Tensor Analysis" (chapter 1 of the first published edition), a second order tensor is described as an operator that sends vectors into vectors. On ...
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Equivalent conditions for a linear connection $\nabla$ to be compatible with Riemannian metric $g$

I am reading John M. Lee's Riemannian Manifolds: An Introduction to Curvature. In Lemma $5.2$, it is said that the following conditions are equivalent for a linear connection $\nabla$ on a Riemannian ...
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Converting tensor product from one coordinate to another

This is a long multi-steps question and I'm stuck at the last leg. I believe my question to be trivial but after 3 hrs of staring and trying all sort of methods (ridiculous ones even) I'm not getting ...
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contraction of the Riemann-Christoffel tensor

I'm attempting to prove that a particular contraction of the Riemann-Christoffel tensor is zero. I know that when the top and second of the bottom indices are contracted we get the Ricci tensor. But ...
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Basis and dual basis relationship to tensor

I'm having a very tough time understanding the solution. Are the entries of the matrix vectors instead of integers? I would really appreciate it if someone could show me how the matrix ...
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How to compute the following relationship with tensor notation?

I am really struggling understanding the following equalities, particularly the last one. I think the first one is using the delta function, however I do not understand why the negative sign ...
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How can obtain curvature from the gradient of a rotation tensor?

I have proper rotation function $R$ over $\mathbb{R}^3$ that yields a $3 \times 3$ tensor $R(x,y,z)$ for every point (x,y,z) in space. If I differentiate this tensor with respect to position (x,y,z), ...
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Symmetry of the second derivative

For the purposes of this question, a function $f$ is differentiable at $x\in \mathbb{R}^d$ iff (i) the directional derivative $\mathrm{D}_vf(x)$ exists for all $v\in \mathrm{T}_x(\mathbb{R}^d)$ and ...
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How to express the second fundamental form in terms of deformation second gradient

Suppose we have a surface $\Omega$ with prescribed principal curvatures, $\kappa_1$, $\kappa_2$, say. An isometric deformation ${\bf r}:\Omega\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^3$ maps the surface into ...
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Connection between covariant and contravariant components o tensor

What is the general proof of the relation between covariant and contravariant components of a tensor using the metric tensor? $${g^{mr}g_{rn}=\delta^{m}_{n}}$$
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$Alt(T)=0$ if $T$ is a symmetric tensor

Question is to prove that $Alt(T)=0$ if $T$ is a symmetric tensor. We have $$Alt(T)=\sum_{\sigma}sgn(\sigma)T^{\sigma}$$ As $T$ is symmetric we have $T^{\sigma}=T$ for all $\sigma$. So, we have ...
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Transformation laws for tensors on general manifolds

I was interested in tensor products rather from the mathematical, abstract point of view, so topics like various tensor products in the context of, for example, Banach spaces, $C^*$-algebras and so ...
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derivative of a tensor A with respect to transpose(A)*A?

What is the derivative of $\partial A/\partial ({A^T}A)$ ? Where $A$ is a 3x3 tensor. (in index notation, I want to find explicit components of ${D_{ijpq}} = \partial {A_{ij}}/\partial ...
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$d \times d \times d$ tensor rank vs $d \times d$ tensor rank

I am trying to understand rank of a $d \times d \times d$ tensor. The way that I understand the $d \times d$ case is that a rank $r$, $d \times d$ tensor is a tensor that can be written as the sum of ...
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Example of two modules M, N where the set of the $m\otimes n$ is not a submodule

If I remember my Algebra class correctly, this is in general not true because, for example, the addition isn't closed. So if I take: $B:\mathbb{R}^2 \times \mathbb{R}^2\to \mathbb{R}^{2^2}\cong ...
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Solution to tensor/matrix equation

I need to find a real, symmetric matrix, $A$, that satisfies: $\sum_{i,j} c_i c_j A_{ki}A_{jl} = A_{lk}$ I believe this is an equation of the form: $c^T B c = A$, where $c$ is $\mathbb{R}^{N \times ...
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Does $\mathfrak T^r(\Bbb R^m)$ count as an vector space?

Here $\mathfrak T^r (\Bbb R^m)$ denotes all the $r$-th tensors (multi-linear functions) acting upon the elements $(u_1,\cdots,u_r)$ from the product space $\displaystyle \prod^r \Bbb R^m$. And the ...
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Understanding Symmetric tensor field

I am reading an article in which author calls some basic tensor analysis result. He states in general we define on $\mathbb R^N$ that $$ \mathcal T^k(\mathbb R^N):=\{\xi:\,\mathbb ...
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Jaumann deviatoric stress rate.

Being a bit cheeky as I asked this question over on Physics but didn't get a response. http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/196393/jaumann-deviatoric-stress-rate Background about terms in this ...
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How to denote a tensor in terms of matrices product?

How to write a tensor in terms of a product of matrices? For example, I have $a \times b$ matrix $F$, and I want to create a 3D $a \times a \times a$ tensor $T$, where $T_{i,j,k} = \sum_{m=1}^{b} ...
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Coordinate-Free Definition of Trace.

$\DeclareMathOperator{\tr}{trace}$ I am reading the wikipedia article on the trace operator. The section titled Coordinate-Free Definition defines the trace as follows. Let $V$ be a finite ...
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The Riemannian Curvature in a solid sphere

Is the Riemannian Curvature at the centre of a solid sphere zero?
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Couple stress tensor reference.

Can someone give me a good mathematical reference for couple stress tensor in its most basic form. Thank you.
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Natural bilinear map $B\colon Alt^p(E^*)\times Alt^p(E)\rightarrow\mathbb R$

$Alt^P(E^*):=\{ u\colon \overbrace{E^*\times\cdots\times E^*}^{p- times}\rightarrow \mathbb R\ \ , u \text{ is alternating multilinear map}\}$ $Alt^P(E):=\{ \alpha\colon ...
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Defining a partial derivative with respect to an antisymmetric tensor/matrix

I'm looking at some nonlinear electrodynamics, and have been following a textbook which contains a primer on some of the stuff I'm interested in following up. However, I seem to have fallen at the ...
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Components of a vector product as an antisymmetrical rank 2 tensor

So I'm reading Landau and Lifshitz' Theory of Elasticity (https://archive.org/details/TheoryOfElasticity) and they have done, among (many) other things, something I simply don't understand. On page ...
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The space of alternating multilinear maps and existence of a bilinear map [duplicate]

Before, I ask similar this. But here I change question settings since it was incomplete. I hope receive good ideas. Let $E$ be a finite dimensional vector space over field $\mathbb R$ with $E^*$ as ...
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Differential at a point and differential (Differential Geometry)

Given $f\in C^\infty(U)$, $U$ open set of $\mathbb{R}^n$, we define the differential of $f$ at $p$ $$ (df)_p:T_p\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}\\ (df)_p(v):=v(f) $$ and the differential of $f$ $$ df:U\to ...
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Some calculations with skew forms and wedge product

I have some problems with the language of multilinear forms. I have to prove that if $dim(V)\le 3$, then every $\omega\in\Lambda^q(V^\ast)$ is such that $\omega\wedge\omega=0$. I consider the case ...
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$G$-structure defined by a tensor

Let $M$ be an $n$ dimensional manifold with its bundle of linear frames $\pi:L(M)\to M$. Suppose $T_0$ is a tensor on $\mathbb R^n$ and $u\in L(M)$. We may view $u$ as a linear map $u:\mathbb R^n\to ...
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How can point group symmetry operations be used to reduce the number of independent crystal properties?

How can point group lattice symmetry operations be applied to reduce the full second-rank elasticity tensor (in Voigt notation) from: to, for example, in the cubic case, this: A reference would ...
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Star operator in the simplest form

Let $E$ together with $g$ be a inner product space(over field $\mathbb R$) , $\text{dim}E=n<\infty$ and $\{e_1,\cdots,e_n\}$ is orthonormal basis of $E$ that $\{e^1,\cdots,e^n\}$ is its dual ...
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Inner Product on $\Lambda^n(E)$

Let $E$ together with $g$ be a inner product space(over field $\mathbb R$) , $\text{dim}E=n<\infty$ and $\{e_1,\cdots,e_n\}$ is orthonormal basis of $E$ that $\{e^1,\cdots,e^n\}$ is its dual basis. ...
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Norm of $n \times n \times n$ Tensor

Given a real positive semi definite matrix, $A\in R^{n\times n}$ and a real matrix $F \in R^{b\times n }$, we have the following inequality: $\|FAF^T\| \le \|FF^T\| \|A\|$. However, I am wondering ...
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Understanding tensors

Locally in a chart, a tensor field looks like $$T= T^{i_1,...i_n}_{j_1,...,j_m} dx^{j_1} \otimes...\otimes dx^{j_m} \otimes \partial_{i_1} \otimes ... \otimes \partial_{i_n},$$ where ...
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Significance of 'faces' in Stress tensor components?

I am trying to understand what the significance is of the face for which a force is acting on when talking about a stress tensor. Say we consider the components $T_{xx}$ and $T_{zx}$ of the stress ...
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Permutation of kronecker products

I would like to be able to compute a re-ordered kronecker product from the result of another kronecker product. For example, consider $$F=A\otimes B\otimes C\otimes D\otimes E$$ from the result F and ...