Tagged Questions

Use this tag for questions about specific tensors (curvature tensor, stress tensor), or questions regarding tensor computations as they appear in multivariable calculus and differential/Riemannian geometry (specifically, when it is amenable to be treated as objects with multiple indices that ...

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Show a beam is in equilibrium given the stress tensor

Having some trouble with this: https://gyazo.com/0835bdaa8e01cb976765aac94555f6ef I know how to show that at x_2 = -h the surface traction is zero, but I'm not sure how to show it's in equilibrium? ...
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An example of tensor product

Let $$\otimes:R\times R\rightarrow W$$ $$f:R\times R\rightarrow R~~,~f(X,Y)=XY$$ $\otimes$ is tensor product, $W$ is a vector space, and $f$ is a bilinear may. As I know , we need to find a ...
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Symmetry of Rank Two Tensor with Mixed Components

I understand that a rank two tensor (t) is classified as symmetric if $t^{ij} = t^{ji}$ or $t_{ij} = t_{ji}$. Later in my reading, I came across the following quote: It is not useful to speak of ...
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Defining covectors when the basis is oblique

Given a $2$-dimensional vector space with an oblique unit length basis, say, $(f_1, f_2)$, what is the dual vector or covector corresponding to $f_1$, call it $\hat f_1$? There appear to me to be ...
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Tensor Eigenstates

I have the following equation: $$f_i^´(t+1)=\sum_{jk}R_{i|jk}\tilde{f_j}(t)\tilde{f_k}(t)$$ It is about evolution of a population. I use this equation in my python program in the following way: <...
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Why is lowering and raising index not affecting the value of a tensor?

I have two questions to ask about: For example I have a tensor $T(r,s)$ by which it means that $T$ operates on $r$ vectors and $s$ dual vectors. Take for example $T(3,0)$, so in this notation it ...
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In mathematics, what is an $N \times N \times N$ matrix?

In mathematics, what is an $N \times N \times N$ matrix? I think this is a tensor but definitions of tensors that I have read are so overly complicated and verbose that I have trouble understanding ...
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Raising index on covariant derivative

So suppose $X$ is some vector field and $t$ is a tangent vector to some curve on some smooth manifold. Then $t^a\nabla_a X$ gives the directional derivative of the vector field in the direction of $t$....
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What is the intuitive meaning of the partial derivate in coordinate transforms?

We learned that when changing coordinate system from $u^i$ to $u'^i$, a contravariant vector transforms like this (using the Einstein-convencion): $v'^i = \frac{\partial x'^i}{\partial x^j}v^j$, And ...
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Tensor product, coordinates

Find the coordinates of bivector u⊗v with the respect to cannonical basis and basis M = ((1,2),(1,3)), u = (1,1) v=(1,-2). Please help, does it even have the solution? After the tensor multiplication ...
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Representing a linear transformation as a tensor

I understand that a linear transformation from a vector space $V$ to a vector space $W$ is a rank-$2$ tensor. What I would like some help with is how exactly to represent specific linear ...
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Components of the metric tensor and its inverse

Let $g$ denote a metric tensor. Then Wald writes (in his book on general relativity): "The inverse of $g_{ab}$...is a tensor of type $(2,0)$ and could be denoted as $(g^{-1})^{ab}$. It is convenient, ...
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Confusion with abstract tensor notation

I am currently going through the abstract tensor notation in Wald's "General Relativity". I understand the purpose of it, but I need help understanding some of the conventions and definitions. So, ...
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Basic question about the metric tensor

So I am reading Barrett O'Neil's Elementary Differential Geometry, which defines the metric tensor $g_p$ on a surface $M$ to be a bilinear symmetric positive-definite function on the set of ordered ...
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Lie derivative of two differnt size related tensors

Let $\bar{M}=I\times M$ be a pseudo-Riemannian manifold equipped with metric $\bar g=-dt^2\oplus f^2g$ where $(M,g)$ is a Riemannian manifold, $I$ is an open connected interval and $f$ is a positive ...
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Affine manifolds which are *not* locally symmetric

Let $M$ be a manifold equipped with an affine connection $\nabla$. By standard theorems of differential geometry we have convex normal coordinate balls around every point in which geodesics are axis. ...
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I was looking at the symmetries of the Riemann tensor, and tried to prove a couple of properties, namely If $\nabla$ is torsion-free, then: (i) $R^a_{\,[bcd]}=0$, and (ii) $R^a_{\,b[cd;e]}=0$. ...
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Is this tensor contraction correct?

If I start off with the $\left(p,q\right)$-tensor given by $$T_{i_1,\dots,i_p}^{j_1,\dots,j_q}e_{i_1}\otimes\dots\otimes e_{i_p}\otimes\varepsilon^{j_1}\otimes\dots\otimes\varepsilon^{j_q}$$ and I ...
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Is it possible to construct a pseudo-inverse of a 4-order tensor?

I am new here, and a physicist, so excuse me in case I do not use the right jargon but I think this is a question for the math community: In 1-D, I have a signal, represented by a vector v of ...
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What is the skew-symmetric part of the covariant derivative of a one-form?

This is a followup question to here. Let $E \to M$ be a vector bundle with connection $D := \nabla$. Extend $D$ to $E^*$ and $\text{Hom}(E, E)$. Let $E = TM$ here, and suppose that the torsion is $0$:...
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What is the most general/abstract way to think about Tensors

In their most general and abstract definitions as Mathematical Objects : A Scalar is an element of a field used to define Vector Spaces A Vector is an element of a Vector Space. Since a Scalar ...
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Equivalent definition of metric compatibility for a connection: what does $\nabla g$ mean?

So the definition I know for metric compatibility is: $$Xg(Y,Z)=g(\nabla_XY,Z)+g(Y,\nabla_XZ),$$ which make sense, as $g(Y,Z)$ is a smooth function from the manifold to reals and we think of $X$ as ...
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I'm trying to figure out the whether the quadratic dual of the following algebra is anti-commutative. My algebra is $A=T(V)/J$ where $J=\langle I\rangle$ and $I\subseteq\bigwedge^2(V)$. Firstly I ...
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Commutation of Tensor Products as operators

Suppose I have unitary operators $$A: \mathbb{C}^{2^k} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}^{2^k}$$ $$B: \mathbb{C}^{2^j} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}^{2^j}$$ For some $k,j \in \mathbb{Z}, j,k \ge 0$. How do show that ...
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On a proof that the metric volume form is parallel wrt to the Levi-Civita connection

In the context of (semi-)Riemannian geometry, the following fact is well-known: if a (semi-)Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ is oriented, then the unique volume form $\epsilon = \mathrm{vol}_g$, induced by ...
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Hi I'm trying to figure out the whether the quadratic dual of the following algebra is anti-commutative. My algebra is $A = T (V)/J$ where $J=<I>$ and $I \subseteq \wedge ^2 (V)$. Firstly I ...
Let be $G$ a Lie Group and $\textbf{N}$ its complex representation. It is well know that any state $|\ ab\ \rangle\in \textbf{N}\otimes\textbf{N} = \oplus_I\textbf{r}_I$ can be decomposed through the ...