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The relation between principal curvature and curvature tensor?

To me, there are two systems of curvature of a surface, one is consist of 'principal curvature, mean curvature, Guass curvature, normal curvature' while the other is consist of 'curvature tensor'. I ...
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Rotation of axes transformation as definition of vectors

Given a three-axes coordinate system ${1,2,3} $ by the right-hand rule, and a new coordinate system ${1',2',3'}$ , I know that one can define a vector $\vec{x}$ to be something that obeys the ...
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Is every tensor an element of a vector space?

As, the tensor product of two vector spaces $V$ and $W$ over a field $K$ is another vector space over $K$, is it true to say that every tensor is an element of a vector space ? (if we do not consider ...
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Covariant derivative in abstract index notation

Spose $f,h$ functions, where $\nabla _af = \epsilon _{ab}\nabla ^bh$. Then $\nabla ^af=g^{ac}\epsilon _{cb}\nabla ^bh$. My question is then does $\nabla _a\nabla ^af=\nabla ^c\epsilon _{cb}\nabla ^bh$ ...
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Synge & Schild Exercise 1.2

$x^1 = a \cos u^1 \\ x^2 = a \sin u^1 \cos u^2 \\ x^3 = a \sin u^1 \sin u^2 \cos u^3 \\ \vdots \\ x^{N-1} = a \sin u^1 \sin u^2 \sin u^3 \cdots \sin u^{N-2} \cos u^{N-1} \\ \displaystyle x^N = a ...
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Constant tensors and covariant derivatives

I seem to have trouble with an elementary computation, and figure it may help others if faced with a similar situation. The basic question is as follows: if I have a tensor field $T$ on some ...
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How to visualize a rank-2 tensor?

The notion (rank-2) "tensor" appears in many different parts of physics, e.g. stress tensor, moment of inertia tensor, etc. I know mathematically a tensor can be represented by a 3x3 matrix. But I ...