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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Intuition behind $\vec{e_i} \times \vec{e_j}=\epsilon_{ijk} \vec{e_k}$ (Levi Civita)

Let $\vec{e_i}$ denote a unit vector. Then we can write: $\vec{e_i} \times \vec{e_j}=\epsilon_{ijk} \vec{e_k}$, where $\epsilon_{ijk}$ is the Levi Civita symbol. Can someone intuitively explain me ...
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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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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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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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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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What, Exactly, Is a Tensor?

I've repeatedly read things that reference tensors, and despite reading the wiki page and other answers here on stackexchange I still don't know what a tensor is. I'm fine with hearing things in the ...
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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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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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using the kronecker product and vec operators to write the following least squares problem in standard matrix form

I have a least squares problem with the following form: $$ \min_\mathbf{X} ~ \left\| \sum_{i=1}^n \mathbf{u}_i^\top \mathbf{X} \mathbf{v}_i - b_i \right\|^2 $$ where $\{\mathbf{u}_i\}_{i=1}^n$ 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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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 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 ...
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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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Covariant vectors and Dual spaces

There are contravariant vectors and their duals called covariant vectors. But the duals are defined only once the contravectors are set up because they are the maps from the space of contravariant ...
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Is tensor product commutative on orthonormal basis?

In general the tensor product $\varphi\otimes\psi$ is not commutative, but I was thinking that if I have tensor product on two orthonormal bases of Hilbert spaces are they commutative i.e is ...
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Prove the Curvature Tensor is a Tensor

For an affine connection $\nabla$, prove the curvature R $R(X,Y,Z,\alpha)=\alpha(\nabla_X \nabla_Y Z - \nabla_Y \nabla_X Z -\nabla_{[X,Y]}Z)$ with $X,Y,Z$ vector fields and $\alpha$ a co-vector, is ...
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Cartesian & Tensor Product

What is the difference between a cartesian product and tensor product of two vector spaces $V_1$ and $V_2$ defined over same field $F$ ?
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how to make geometric figure with tensor, are tensors covariant or contravariant

Heloł dear Colegues! Im curious how to make some geometric figure ie. cube, simple hull of ship like half of fish or half of cylinder, with tensor, or in more mathematical language: how to make ...
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derivation of rank of tensor from the product of two tensors

If $A^p$ is a first rank tensor and $A^pK^{qrs}$ is a 4th rank tensor we have to prove that $K^{qrs}$ is a tensor of rank three?.we can check here clearly that $A^p$ is first rank tensor and $K^{qrs}$ ...
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Isomorphism between $T^k_{l+1}(V)$ and $\mathcal{L}\left( (V^*)^k \times (V)^l\right)$.

V is a real $n$-dimensional vector space. I'm using the notation as in John Lee's Riemannian Manifolds: an Introduction to Curvature for the set of $\binom{k}{l}$ tensors and the set of multilinear ...
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degrees of freedom (df) of a third order tensor

Does it make sense to simply unfold the tensor into a matrix and apply the df metric used for matrices? That is, a $\ n_1\times n_2 $ matrix of rank $\ r$ has df =$\ n_1r + (n_2 - r)r$ and so, a ...
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Rotation of axes transformation as definition of vectors

Given a three-axes coordinate system ${1,2,3} $ by the right-hand rule, and a new coordinate system ${1',2',3'}$ , I know that one can define a vector $\vec{x}$ to be something that obeys the ...
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Tensors and Transformations

In Griffiths E&M book, he says that a second rank tensor transforms with two factors of some transformational tensor on each of its nine components-I'm not sure why that is. I thought a second ...
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The trace of a wedge product of matrices

I'm trying understand a computation on Besse's book (p. 371). I already know the curvature operator $R:\bigwedge^2\to\bigwedge^2$ may be written in block diagonal form relative to the direct sum ...
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Is it true to say that every tensor is an element of a monoid?

If we consider that: by definition, a tensor is an element of the tensor product of two algebraic structures the most abstract algrebraic structure on which the tensor product is defined are ...
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Is every tensor an element of a vector space?

As, the tensor product of two vector spaces $V$ and $W$ over a field $K$ is another vector space over $K$, is it true to say that every tensor is an element of a vector space ? (if we do not consider ...
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Number of isotropic tensors of rank N

Could someone please help me out with this problem? I would like to know what the number of distinct isotropic tensors of rank N is. I am new to the field and got confused by apparently contradictory ...
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Partial derivative with respect to $ \left( \frac{dx^m}{ds} \right) $

I don't understand how the following $$ 2g_{ml} \frac{dx^l}{ds} $$ partial derivative was obtained below. It is supposedly the partial derivative of the value between the parenthesis. $$L = ...
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Alternative operator is a homomorphism?

Let $V$ be a real vector space of dimension $n$, for a (real valued) tensor $f$ of order $r$, define the alternative operator $A$ by $$(Af)(v_1,\cdots, v_r)=\frac{1}{r!}\sum_{\sigma\in ...
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Parallel Transport along a curve

We had this homework assignment for our geometry course, and we couldn't figure it out, any ideas on how to do this: Consider the Poincare model of Lobachevsky plane, $H^2=\left\lbrace{ ...
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Inverse of a matrix

I am looking for a way to derive that the inverse of a matrix using Levi-Civita. I know that the final result looks like this for a $3 \times 3$ matrix: $$(A^{-1})_{ij} = \frac{1}{2!}\frac{1}{\det A} ...