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Covariant vectors

As far as I'm aware, covariant vectors are defined by how they transform: But I've also heard that the covariant components of a vector are defined as the dot product of the vector and the various ...
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Tensor Notation

I'm just starting to learn about tensors, and have a question. I'm looking at the statement $\Lambda_{\mu}\,^{\alpha}= \eta_{\mu\nu}\eta^{\alpha\beta}\Lambda^{\nu}\,_{\beta}$ What is the difference ...
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Characterization of the derivative as a tensor field

I was thinking about the derivative, and I wanted to make sure I’m thinking about it the right way. Suppose we have a $C^{\infty}$ function $f: {V}\to \mathbb{R}$, where $V$ is a finite-dimensional ...
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what's the relationship of tensor and multivector

what's the relationship of multivector in geometric algebra and tensor? Is tensor a subset of multivector?
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Kronecker delta versus identity matrix

How should $\delta_k^j$ be regarded? Is it a scalar that takes on variable values? A 3x3 identity matrix (in 3 dimensions)? The wikipedia article on raising and lowering indices with the metric ...
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$(V^*)^{\otimes n} \cong (V^{\otimes n})^*$

We assume that $V$ is finite dimensional. Make $\theta: (V^*)^n\to (V^{\otimes n})^*$ by $$ \theta(\alpha_1,\cdots,\alpha_n)(v_1 \otimes \cdots \otimes v_n ) := \prod_{i=1}^n \alpha_i(v_i). $$ Then, ...
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matrix inverse in tensor notation

Suppose there is a matrix $A$ that transforms vectors, $$ Y = A x $$ Now express this in some other coordinate system, with $x = B z, \,\, y = B w$, so \begin{align*} & Bw = A B z \\ ...
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Would a set of tensors be an algebraic group closed under some operation?

Could a set of tensors be known as an algebraic group or why would that not have a group properties? The reason I'm asking is to understand different tensors.
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Why this doesn't transform properly?

We are in $\mathbb R^n $, with a tensor field of components $T_\nu$, and being $e_\mu$ the vectors of the basis: $e_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu$, then I'm asked to show that $\partial_\mu T_\nu$ can't ...
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Does the definition of the rank of a tensor change in the component-free treatment of tensors?

I was looking for the definition of the rank of a tensor. I found 2 different definitions depending on whether we use the component-free approach of tensors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensor: ...
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Linear transformation from endormorphism to real number

For a finite dimensional vector space $V$, is there a linear transformation between its endomorphism and real number, please? I suspect that since the element of the endomorphism can be represented by ...
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Integral/Vector calculus $\oint_{\partial S} u \vec \nabla v \cdot d \vec \lambda=\int_S (\vec \nabla u)\times (\vec \nabla v)\cdot d\vec S.$

I am trying to show that $$ \oint_{\partial S} u \vec \nabla v \cdot d \vec \lambda=\int_S (\vec \nabla u)\times (\vec \nabla v)\cdot d\vec S $$ using Levi Cevita notation methods only. The Levi ...
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Tensor Algebra and Isomorphism

Consider the standard tensor algebra over a vector space: $$T(V)=\bigoplus_{n\in N}V^{\otimes n}$$, I am trying to define a linear map from $T(V)\times T(V)\rightarrow T(V)$. Up to this time, I have a ...
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tensor derivative of a symmetric second order tensor mapped onto itself, with respect to itself

In a continuum mechanical context, let $\mathbf{A}$ be a symmetric second order tensor. How can I calculate the derivative $$\cfrac{\partial(\mathbf{AA})}{\partial\mathbf{A}}$$ using indicial ...
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Index notation proving identity

I am trying to prove the identity $\nabla\cdot(\phi\textbf{u})=\phi\nabla\cdot\textbf{u} + \textbf{u}\cdot\nabla\phi$ using index notation but I am a bit stuck. I have so far written ...
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Contravariant components of metric tensor

I have a question regarding the contravariant components of the metric tensor in spherical coordinates. I have calculated the covariant components as $g_{rr}=1$, $g_{\theta\theta}=r^2\sin\phi$, and ...
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Tensors and General Relativity

I've recently begun self studying general relativity, using mostly the material found in Robert Wald's "General Relativity", and almost right out of the gate one encounters the notion of a tensor. In ...
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What is a high rank tensor?

Can someone please give me a good example of a rank 3, 2x2x2 or 3x3x3 tensor? Where are these forms arise from? Is a 4x3x3 tensor say, a pressure tensor on a 3D space in 4-dimensions? Are there any ...
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Misleading tensor notation for Jacobian inverse?

In Schutz, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics, is written a Jacobian coordinate transform $\Lambda$, $$ \Lambda^i_j = \frac{\partial x^i}{\partial y^j} $$ The inverse matrix is written $$ ...
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jacobian times its inverse - should be identity

Here's an easy one. A Jacobian is $\frac{dx^i}{dy^j}$. The inverse is $\frac{dy^j}{dx^k}$. So, in tensor notation, $\frac{dx^i}{dy^j} \frac{dy^j}{dx^k} = \frac{dx^i}{dx^k} = \delta^i_k$ Now ...
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meaning of tensor “component”

In Schutz, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics, it is written The components of a tensor are its values when it takes basis vectors and one-forms as arguments. It then gives an abstract ...
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Confusing question on tensors

A tensor of rank $4$ satisfies $T_{ijkl}=T_{jilk}=-T_{jikl}$ and $T_{ijij}=0$. I need to show that: $$T_{ijkl}=-\varepsilon_{ijp}\varepsilon_{klq}T_{rqrp}$$ Could someone offer a hint? I have tried ...
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How to change the parametric equations of a hypersurface in $V_N$ to another form…

This exercise was given in the first pages of Synge & Schild Tensor Calculus. The parametric equations of a hypersurface in $V_N$ are $x^1=a\cos{u}$, $x^2 = a\sin{u^1}\cos{u^2}$, $x^3 = ...
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Levi-Civita symbol

Is the Levi-Civita symbol a tensor? R. A. Sharipov afirm (In "Quick Introduction to Tensor Analysis", page 30) that "...the Levi-Civita symbol is NOT a tensor..." ...
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Time evolution of Laplacian

While reading monograph on the Ricci flow, I came accross a fact (at least I think it is a fact), which is not proved explicitly in that book. Assume a smooth 1-parameter family of Riemannian metrics ...
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On reconciling different definitions of the $\nabla$ operator in curvilinear coordinates

Note: This questions was originally asked in iMechanica. The main confusion appears to be on whether Christoffel symbols should appear in the divergence of a field expressed in curvilinear ...
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Tensor notation (practicing)

I'm praticing tensor notation, and I want to prove this way that given vectors $A,B,C,D$ then $(A \times B) \times (C \times D) = \det(A,C,D)B - \det(B,C,D)A$, where $\det$ means the triple product. ...
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The derivative of the determinant of a Kronecker product

For an invertible matrix $A$, we have the identity \begin{align} \dfrac{\partial \det A}{\partial A} = \det A (A^{-1})^T \end{align} where the $T$ denotes the transpose operation. How does this ...
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Index notation interpretation

I'm having some confusion with index notation and how it works with contravariance/covariance. $(v_{new})^i=\frac{\partial (x_{new})^i}{\partial (x_{old})^j}(v_{old})^j$ $(v_{new})^i=J^i_{\ ...
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Rotation operator for a point in a coordinate system linearly derived from Cartesian coordinates

For some experimental and practical reason, I have created a new coordinate system in the form $$x^\prime_i=T_{ij}x_j$$ where $T_{ij}$ isn't a square matrix. $x_i$ is standard Cartesian coordinates, ...
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Exact meaning of “Not every matrix is a tensor”.

I've recently begun reading about tensors and am trying to understand the second order variety in the context of euclidean $\mathbb{R}^n$ with orthonormal basis {$e_1, e_2,\ldots, e_n$}. This seems ...
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Tensor Product over a ring

Given Two Fields $F,K$, and two vector spaces $V,W$ over $F$, what does tensor product $$V\otimes_{K} W$$ mean? I am not certain whether this is defined in general. I came across it in cases wheh ...
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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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Another matrix of a given operator $A \otimes A$

Let $V$ be a $4$-dimensional vector space with an ordered basis $e_{1}$, $e_{2}$, $e_{3}$, $e_{4}$, and $A: V → V$ be a linear operator given by its matrix relative to the ordered basis $(e_{1}, ...
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When is a symmetric 2-tensor field globally diagonalizable?

Suppose that $\mathbb{R}^n$ has a Riemannian metric $g$. Let $h$ be a smooth symmetric 2-tensor field on $\mathbb{R}^n$. At any point $p \in \mathbb{R}^n$, there is a basis of $T_p \mathbb{R}^n$ in ...
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Symmetrizing and Anti-Symmetrizing Tensors

Given any Tensor, we can obtain a symmetric tensor through symmetrising operator. by $T_{uv} \rightarrow T_{(uv)}=\frac{1}{n!}(T_{uv}+T_{vu})$ where $n$ is the order of the tensor, and you have to ...
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What exactly do the terms of $(f \circ g)'''$ mean?

Say, $g: X\to Y$ and $f: Y\to Z$ are smooth. One can find $(f \circ g)'''$ by using the Faà di Bruno's formula: $$(f \circ g)''' =(f'''\circ g)(g')^3 + 3(f''\circ g)g'g'' + (f'\circ g)g'''$$ But my ...
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Hessian matrix of $g\circ f$

Say, $f:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R^k$ and $g:\mathbb R^k\to\mathbb R$ are both $C^2$. I'd like to express the Hessian matrix of $g\circ f$ $$\left( \frac{\partial^2(g\circ f)}{\partial x_i \partial ...
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Matrix of a given operator $A \otimes A$

Let $V$ be a 3-dimensional vector space with an ordered basis $e_{1}$, $e_{2}$, $e_{3}$, and $A: V → V$ be a linear operator given by its matrix relative to the ordered basis $e_{1}$, $e_{2}$, $e_{3}$ ...
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Divergence of a Tensor Examples?

Would anyone have a reference to a book where explicit examples of things like taking the divergence of a tensor (page 4) are given? Stupid computational examples like the one given here (bottom of ...
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Eigenvalues of a rank 2 tensor defined by an integral

I've been given the question: "Consider the tensor: $$ C_{ij}=\int_{V}{x_ix_j|\mathbf {x}|^2 + x_ix_j(\mathbf {x.n})^2} dV $$ where V is the volume of a sphere radius R centred on the origin. What ...
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Green's first identity

Good morning/evening to everybody. I'm interested in proving this proposition from the Green's first identity, which reads that, for any sufficiently differentiable vector field $\mathbf{\Gamma}$ and ...
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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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How is the multiplication between a multidimensional tensor with a matrix defined?

I am thinking this calculation in the following way but I am wondering if it is correct. Can anybody explain to me please? For example, I have a 3-way tensor $T^{u×i×t}$. How do I multiply this ...
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Curl, $\vec\nabla \times (\hat{a}\times \vec{b})$

EDIT: FIXED TYPOS & Deleted most of my wrong work pointed out by others. Calculate the curl of $f(\vec r,t)$ where the function is given by $$ f(\vec r,t)=- (\hat{a}\times \vec{b}) \frac{e^{i(c ...
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The Curvature Tensor

I present three different ways I've seen the Riemann curvature written: $R(X,Y)Z=D_XD_YZ-D_YD_XZ-D_{[X,Y]}Z$ $R(e_c,e_d)e_b=D_{e_c}D_{e_d}e_b-D_{e_d}D_{e_c}e_b-D_{[e_c,e_d]}e_b$. $R^{\rho}_{\space ...
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Is there a name for this type of tensor rank?

Let $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n_1\times n_2\times n_3 \times n_4}$ be a tensor. Suppose that $k$ is the minimum integer there exist matrices $X_1,\ldots,X_j\in\mathbb{R}^{i_1\times i_2}$ and ...
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Proving that the Moment Tensor is super-symmetric

The Carathéodory theorem in the image bellow is the one about convex hull, isn't it? Would you please explain why can the tensor F be rewritten as that sum? From that representation the author ...
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Trace of tensor product vs Tensor contraction

I have come across various sources that talk about traces of tensors. How does that work? In particular, there seem to be such an equality: $$ \text{Tr}(T_1\otimes ...
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Tensor notation and the “Zero-Value Theorem”

In the following picture: taken from Martin Sadd's book on elasticity, I am having trouble understanding the "zero-value theorem". I can't understand why this theorem is true. For example, when ...