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Symbolic cancellation in tensor notation of derivative

Start with this: $\frac{\partial f}{\partial x'^i} = \frac{\partial f}{\partial x^j} \frac{\partial x^j}{\partial x'^i}$ I think(?) the $\partial x^j$s cancel and this simplifies to ...
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Tensor fields and vector bundles

Let $M$ be a differentiable manifold, $TM$ and $T^*M$ a tangent and cotangent bundle of $M$ and let $\Gamma (TM),\ \Gamma (T^*M)$ be spaces of smooth sections of $TM$ and $T^*M$. Let $T_s^r (M)$ ...
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tensor notation surprise

I'm trying to study tensors from several textbooks. One early example completely confuses me: Islam, Tensors and their Applications, in the "Preliminaries" chapter, gives this example (page 3, using ...
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choosing indices in tensor notation

I have the following operator, where $\rho$ is a scalar and $u$ is a vector: $$ \nabla (\rho u) - (\nabla \rho)u - u(\nabla \rho) $$ My book writes this in index notation as $$ \partial_\alpha(\rho ...
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Tensor notation about $A^Tx$

I can express $x=x^ie_i$ and $x^T$ by $x_ie^i$. But how to express $A^Tx$ where $A=a^i_je_i\otimes e^j$? I don't think I can write as $a^j_ix^i$ or $a^j_ix^j$.
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Help with notation in second order tensor.

I have seen recently this notation: $$F=F_{ij}\,e_i\otimes e_j $$ Where $F_{ij}=\frac{\partial x_i}{\partial X_j}$ is the tensor matrix: $$ F=\left[ {\begin{array}{cc} ...
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Problems with tensor notation

I've got a question for the mathematically more educated for I am a humble engineer having a hard time: $\kappa = \left( \delta_{ij}-n_in_j\right)\displaystyle\frac{\partial u_i}{\partial xj} - ...
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A user's guide to Penrose graphical notation?

Penrose graphical notation seems to be a convenient way to do calculations involving tensors/ multilinear functions. However the wiki page does not actually tell us how to use the notation. The ...
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Simplifing formulas using tensor notation

Im trying to symplify formulas like: $$\operatorname{div}(\operatorname{rot}\vec{F}),\qquad \operatorname{rot}(\operatorname{rot}\vec{F}) $$ or something more strange like: ...
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Tensor notation and rules

I have a few questions about tensors: I appreciate that $g^{\alpha\beta}=g^{\beta\alpha}$ but when contracting say $T^{\sigma}_{\mbox{ }\;\mu\nu\rho}$ to $T_{\;\;\mu\nu}$, first of all can it be ...
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Understanding tensor divergence notation in an integral

Given a smooth tensor valued function $\sigma:R^2\rightarrow R^{2\times2}$, I'm trying to show that $\int_\Omega \nabla\cdot\sigma=\int_{\partial\Omega}\sigma n$, where $\Omega$ is a connected ...
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Confusion with vectors and notation

Could someone please explain to me why $$\nabla (\dot{r}\cdot A)$$ take the following form in index notation? $$\left({\partial A_i\over \partial r^k}-{\partial A_k\over \partial ...
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Index notation clarification

Previously, I have seen matrix notation of the form $T_{ij}$ and all the indices have been in the form of subscripts, such that $T_{ij}x_j$ implies contraction over $j$. However, recently I saw ...
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What's are these index objects called? And $\mathrm{\LaTeX}$ \sum question

I want to refer to $$A_iB_jC_k$$ using $$\psi(ijk) = A_iB_jC_k$$ So that I can write out quite overwhelming-looking sums of ABC terms as sums of terms that look like 123, 231, 113, etc. If I am not ...
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Better Tensor Notation

I am in a General Relativity class, and I am finding the usual tensor notation very difficult to think about -- it seems like there are too many names to express something simple. E.g., I think of ...
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Index/Einstein notation to derive Gibbs/Tensor relations

In a few continuum classes I have seen indicial notation used to derive relations in Gibbs notation. However, Gibbs notation is valid for all coordinates while indicial notation is valid only for ...
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Index notation for tensors: is the spacing important?

While reading physics textbooks I always come across notation like: $$J_{\alpha}^{\quad\beta},\ \Gamma_{\alpha \beta}^{\quad \gamma}, K^\alpha_{\quad \beta}.$$ Notice the spacing in indices. I can't ...
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Tensors of order 3

I'm wondering what a tensor of order 3 looks like, and what it's purposes are. I've seen them written down before, but they look like matrices; I'm probably not understanding the concept well. How is ...
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Einstein notation - difference between vectors and scalars

From Wikipedia: First, we can use Einstein notation in linear algebra to distinguish easily between vectors and covectors: upper indices are used to label components (coordinates) of ...