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### Index notation for inverse matrices

I have a question: There is an standard way to write the inverse of a matrix in index notation?. The reason is that I don't want to write $(A^{-1})_{ij}$ or $(A^{-1})_i^j$ or $(A^{-1})^{ij}$ using ...
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### How to interpret tensor form PDE in terms of matrix algebra

From this mathwork page "c for system", the usual second order PDE is written in tensor form: $$-\nabla\cdot(\mathbf{c} \otimes \nabla \mathbf{u})+\mathbf{a}\mathbf{u}=\mathbf{f}$$ and ...
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### Role of metric in the matrix representation of Hermitian adjoint

I'm working through Jeevanjee's "An Introduction to Tensors and Group Theory for Physicists", and while trying to prove that the matrix representation $M(A^\dagger)$ of a Hermitian adjoint $A^\dagger$ ...
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### Decomposition of Tensor into a Product of Tensors

I was working on a text that made use of the assumption that, for some rotation matrix $a_{ij}$, and some tensor $U$, the tensor under rotation is represented by $U'_{\alpha}=a_{\alpha i}U_i$. It made ...
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### Double dot product in Cylindrical Polar coordinates - Strain energy

I'm working with a problem in linear elasticity, and I have to calculate the strain energy function as follows: $$2W = σ_{ij}ε_{ij}$$ Where σ and ε are symmetric rank 2 tensors. For cartesian ...
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### Interpretation of $(r,s)$ tensor

A tensor of type $(r,s)$ on a vector space $V$ is a $C$-valued function $T$ on $V×V×...×V×W×W×...×W$ (there are $r$ $V$'s and $s$ $W$'s in which $W$ is the dual space of $V$) which is linear in each ...
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### Derivative of a tensor

I have a rank-2 tensor given by $$P_{\alpha \beta} = p\delta_{\alpha \beta} + (u_1^2, u_1u_2 ; u_1u_2, u_2^2)$$ whose derivative with respect to $x_{\alpha}$ I would like to find. According to my ...
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### Annihilator of a Tensor

This is a question I have trouble understanding, hope you can clarify this to me. Problem: Find the annihilator of the tensor $e_1\wedge e_2+e_3\wedge e_4$ in ...
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### Structure Tensor for the Algebra of 2x2 Matrices

Here's a question I need help understanding. Hope you can provide me some insight. Problem: Write the structure tensor for the algebra A of triangular $2\times 2$ matrices with real coefficients. ...
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### Matrix/Tensor Operations

Suppose $A$ is an $m \times n$ matrix, and $B$ is an $n \times k$ matrix. Let $C$ be a tensor, where $$C(i,j,k) = A(i,j) + B(j,k)$$ What is a suitable (tensor) algebraic operation that summarizes ...
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### Factoring tensors by linear transformation

Let $T_n$ be tensors $\left( V^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}\right)$ of order $n$. Now let $\sim$ be equivalence on $T_n$ that $A\sim B$ iff there is regular matrix $M$ that $A\circ M = B$. By $A\circ M$ ...
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### How to translate between differential forms and tensor index notation

The books on Manifold theory & geometry that I studied introduce connection and curvature in the language of differential forms. But Physics books on the other hand like (General Relativity by ...
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### When can I recover a (full) tensor-contraction after normalising partial contractions.

I have rank-${1 \brack n}$ tensor $R_{abc....}$ and a rank-${n \brack 1}$ tensor $S^{ABC...}$. Obviously their contraction $$u = R_{abc....}S^{abc...}$$ is a scalar (complex in my case). I can ...
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### Linear System where Coefficient Matrix is a Kronecker Product

I have a system of linear equations where the coefficient matrix and right hand side is given by a Kronecker product: $(A_1 \otimes A_2) u = f_1 \otimes f_2$ My question: Is the solution simply ...
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### Tensors as mutlilinear maps

I am aware that many books on differential geometry define tensors as multilinear maps. Namely $$V\otimes W := L_2(V^*\times W^*,\Bbb F)$$ I am also aware that this space is isomorphic to the tensor ...
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### Represent in a matrix form: $\sum_{ijl}(F_{il}-F_{jl})^2W_{ij}$

How can I represent this in a matrix form: $\sum_{ijl}(F_{il}-F_{jl})^2W_{ij}$ where all the entries are real and $W$ is a known(constant) matrix and $F$ is a rectangular matrix. When I say matrix ...
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### Is the third order term of a Taylor approximation a covariant tensor of rank 3 restricted to (h,h,h)?

Recently reading Peter Lax's linear algebra text, he had a very concise way of writing the Taylor approximation up to second order: $f(x+h) = f(x) + l(h) + \frac{1}{2}q(h) + \|h\|^2 \epsilon(\|h\|)$, ...
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### notation question (bilinear form)

So I have to proof the following: for a given Isomorphism $\phi : V\rightarrow V^*$ where $V^*$ is the dual space of $V$ show that $s_{\phi}(v,w)=\phi(v)(w)$ defines a non degenerate bilinear form. ...
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### Finding an “inverse” of a deviatoric tangent

I have have a material model, defining the deviatoric stress for a nonlinear fluid: $\boldsymbol{\sigma}_{\mathrm{dev}} = f(\dot{\boldsymbol{\varepsilon}}_{\mathrm{dev}})$ Now I wish to find the ...
I came across a definition for the tensor product which differs from the standard definition. This book defined the tensor product of vector spaces $V$ and $W$ as the space $L(V,W,\Bbb K)$ of bilinear ...