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Intuition behind $\vec{e_i} \times \vec{e_j}=\epsilon_{ijk} \vec{e_k}$ (Levi Civita)

Let $\vec{e_i}$ denote a unit vector. Then we can write: $\vec{e_i} \times \vec{e_j}=\epsilon_{ijk} \vec{e_k}$, where $\epsilon_{ijk}$ is the Levi Civita symbol. Can someone intuitively explain me ...
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Intuitive way to understand covariance and contravariance in Tensor Algebra

I'm trying to understand basic tensor analysis. I understand the basic concept that the valency of the tensor determines how it is transformed, but I am having trouble visualizing the difference ...
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Is it misleading to think of rank-2 tensors as matrices?

Having picked up a rudimentary understanding of tensors from reading mechanics papers and Wikipedia, I tend to think of rank-2 tensors simply as square matrices (along with appropriate transformation ...
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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 ...