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What do rank-2 tensor entries represent? What's their geometrical meaning?

I just followed a course on tensor analysis and I think I understood almost everything. Except the following: given a vector (with, say, 3 dimensions), if I multiply that with a second-rank tensor, I ...
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Invariant tensors in adjoint representation

Suppose we have a simple Lie group $G$ with algebra $\mathfrak{g}=\{X_a\}$, where the generators $X_a$ are in some matrix representation. Is it true that the only invariant rank $n$ tensor in the ...
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Christoffel Symbols and the change of transformation law.

I have seen it written that the change of co-ordinate form is given by the following: $$ \tilde \Gamma^{i}_{jk} = {\partial \tilde x^i \over \partial x^\alpha} \left [ \Gamma^\alpha_{\beta ...
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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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Tensor tranformation between basis?

If I am the basis vector $e_i$ into another basis to get $e'_j$ I use: $$e'_j=S_{ij}e_i$$ My text book says that $S_{ij}$ is the ith component of the vector $e'_j$ with respect to the unprimed basis. ...
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Kronecker delta symmetry?

This is quite a simple question for the Kronecker delta does $$\delta_{ij}=\delta_{ji}$$ My textbook implies it does but does not actually state it and hence am looking for clarification.
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Show that getting parallel transported does not change angle between them

I must tell you that I have never seen this kind of question in Tensor Analysis. Our professor had set up this question in our exam, but I don't know whether it belongs to Tensors or not. The question ...
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Which Subspaces do Antisymmetric Tensors Represent?

So antisymmetric tensors represent volumetric subspaces (I've asked this here instead of on phys.stackexchange because it seems like more of a math question)? How exactly would one know WHICH ...
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Relation between componenet and algebraic definition of covariant vectors

I studied contravariance and covariance concepts in following way: For any vector if we get its components by parallelogram way we achieve contravariant components, and if we want to get its ...
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Can you illustrate the use of coordinate-free notations that serve as an alternative to Einstein summation notation with an example?

"Abstract index" and "coordinate free notations" are often submitted as alternatives to Einstein Summation notation. Could you illustrate their use using an example? Here's a sum written in ...
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Gradient is covariant or contravariant?

I read somewhere people write gradient in covariant form because of their proposes. I think gradient expanded in covariant basis i , j , k so by invariance nature of vectors, component of gradient ...
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Space of Alternating $k$-Tensors Notation

I will be taking a Differential Geometry class in the Fall, so I decided to get somewhat of a head start by going through Spivak's "Calculus on Manifolds." Before reading, though, I saw the Addenda at ...
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Are vectors and covectors the same thing?

In Euclidean space, we usually don't distinguish between vectors and covectors (or dual vectors or 1-forms or whatever you want to call them) -- because the spaces overlap. However, a physicist ...
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Showing symmetry of the stress tensor by applying divergence theorem to $\int\int_{\delta V(t)} \vec{x}\times \vec{t} dS$

I'm currently working through the symmetry of the stress tensor, in relation to viscous flow. I am looking at this by examining the conservation of angular momentum equation for a material volume ...
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8th order isotropic tensor

Does anyone knows what is the general form of an $8$th order isotropic tensor? $2$th order is $\delta_{ij}$, $4$th order it is $\lambda \delta_{ij} \delta_{kl}+\mu(\delta_{ik} \delta_{jl} + ...
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formula of square of the covariant derivative

I am stuck with the calculation of $(\nabla ^2 \beta)(X,Y,Z_1,\dots,Z_r)$. In the following, capital letters are arbitrary vector fields. Suppose $\beta$ is an $(r,0)$ tensor. Denote $(\nabla ...
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Change of Eigenvalues of Ellipsoid Tensor during Rotation

I have an ellipsoid defined by the semiaxes $a,b,c$ and the orthonormal vectors $v_x, v_y, v_z$ describing the directions in which the axes point. The matrix ...
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Using the Levi-Civita alternating tensor and suffix notation to concisely write the vector product rule.

I am reading through a section on vector calculus in an electromagnetism book and it has started to use suffix notation and the Levi-Civita alternating tensor in order to prove some identities. Some ...
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A seemingly counterintuitive result on active and passive transformations of vectors

Let $\mathbf{v}$ be an element of a vector space with Euclidean $R^3$ as the underlying set. Assume the standard Cartesian basis $\{\mathbf{e^{(1)}, e^{(2)}, e^{(3)}}\}$ on it. Let $\mathbf{v^* = R ...
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Rotation invariant tensors

It is often claimed that the only tensors invariant under the orthogonal transformations (rotations) are the Kronecker delta $\delta_{ij}$, the Levi-Civita epsilon $\epsilon_{ijk}$ and various ...
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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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Why do you need tensors of rank $>2$?

Question from someone just starting to study tensors (sorry if it's silly): So I understand (maybe?) that tensors are basically about coordinate transformations (and things that are invariant under ...
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Classical tensor analysis and Tensors on Manifolds

I learned tensors the bad way (Cartesian first, then curvilinear coordinate systems assuming a Euclidean background) and realize that I am in very bad shape trying to (finally) learn tensors on ...
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Laplacian of a scalar in tensor

I am going to derive the laplacian of some scalar. But the problem is for this I want to obtain a contravariant tensor of rank 1 from the covariant tensor of rank 1.How can I do that?
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Let $K$ a field, $\operatorname{char}(K)=0$. Let $V$ a vector space over $K$, $\dim(V) \geq 1$, and be $f$ a $n$-tensor. Prove that $f \wedge f =0$

Let $K$ a field, with $\operatorname{char}(K)=0$. Let $V$ a vector space over $K$, $\dim(V) \geq 1$, and be $f$ a $n$-tensor ($f \in {\mathcal T}_n(V):=\Lambda^{n}(V)$), i.e., $f$ is an multilinear ...
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Decompose matrix multiplication?

Sorry, I can break my imagination... I would like to decompose matrix multiplication into some tensor-like operations. As we know, matrix multiplication is done the following way $a_i^j b_j^k$ ...
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Tensor Components

I would like to ask something On the Barrett Oneill's Semi-Riemann Geometry there is a definition of tensor component: Let $\xi=(x^1,\dots ,x^n)$ be a coordinate system on $\upsilon\subset M$. If $A ...
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A question about vector fields and divergence

I am reading the paper http://www.goshen.edu/physix/mathphys/gco/TensorGuideAJP.pdf in order to gain a basic understanding about tensors. I had some difficulties about understanding some definitions. ...
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Building intuition for tensors in machine learning

I'm trying to understand tensors in the context of machine learning, but all the resources that mention tensors that I've found so far were building the intuitions through physics applications. As ...
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What is the practical difference between abstract index notation and “ordinary” index notation

I understand that in "normal" index notation the indexes can be thought of as coordinates of scalar values inside a tabular data structure, while in the abstract index notation they can not. However, ...
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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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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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Introductory questions about tensors

I am trying to understand the concept of tensors. I seem to understand that they are generalization of vectors: They are subject to similar basis transformations with vectors but I am somewhat ...
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Time Evolution of Deformation Gradient Tensor in Lagrangian Frame

I found the following proof in a paper: $\frac{D\mathbf{F}}{Dt} = \frac{D\frac{\delta\mathbf{x}}{\delta\mathbf{X}}}{Dt} = \frac{\delta\frac{D\mathbf{x}}{Dt}}{\delta\mathbf{X}}=\frac{\delta ...
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Dimension of the space of tensors obtained by making partial symmetrizations and skew-symmetrizations.

Let $A=(a_{i_1\dots i_k})_{i_1,\dots,i_k=1}^n$ be a higher order cubic tensor or hypermatrix. The following two facts are well-known and are easy to prove: ${(\bf 1) }$ The dimension of the ...
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Planetary motion integral

I was reading Planetary Motion (page 117) in Barry Spain's Tensor calculus, and stupidly enough, I didn't understand this. The equations are: $$\frac{d^2\psi}{d\sigma^2} + ...
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Tensor compact/matrix form.

I have got this tensor $S_{ij} = \frac{1}{2}(\frac{\partial u_i}{\partial x_j} + \frac{\partial u_j}{\partial x_i})$ Anyway I solve it for my problem and get $$ S_{ij} = \left( \begin{array}{ccc} 0 ...
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Question Symmetric 2-Tensors on Vector Fields

I have a question on a direct computation. How would one compute the following $$ (dx \odot dy ) \left(\frac{1+uv+xy}{1+xy} \frac{\partial}{\partial v}, \frac{\partial}{\partial y} \right) $$ and$$ ...
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Boundedness of Riemannian curvature gradient

I'm reading a paper by Wan-Xiong Shi "Deforming the metric on complete Riemannian manifolds". And there is a statement without proof. It can be summarized as follows: Let $B(x_{0},\gamma)$ be a ...
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Construct tensors from differential forms?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, differential forms are defined using tensors, could we define a tensor using a differential form? For example, if $\omega$ is a two-form on $M$ which is expressed ...
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sum representation by/ determinant of elementary tensors

Consider the bijective linear map: $\alpha : K^2 \otimes K^2 \to Mat(2 \times 2,K), \alpha(v \otimes w) = vw^t, v, w \in K^2$ , where $K$ is an arbritrary field. First I want to show that every ...
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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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Quick question about contravariant and covariant tensors

I have seen many different notations to denote contravariant/covariant and mixed tensors. For example, I think the notation $\omega^{v}_{\,\,\,\mu}$ stands for a mixed tensor, where one index ...
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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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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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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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$(V^*)^{\otimes n} \cong (V^{\otimes n})^*$

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 \\ ...