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What is the difference between a tensor, vector, and a matrix? [duplicate]

I'm currently going through notes on a physics course and I'm having trouble understanding the difference between a tensor, a vector, and a matrix. I know that a vector is a kind of tensor and that a ...
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Signature of $f: \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \times \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \to \mathbb{R}$, $f(\omega, \omega') = \omega \wedge \omega'$ [on hold]

Define$$f: \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \times \Lambda^2(\mathbb{R}^4) \to \Lambda^4(\mathbb{R}^4) \cong \mathbb{R}, \quad f(\omega, \omega') = \omega \wedge \omega'.$$ What is the signature of $f$? ...
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Understanding basics of tensors

I am trying to understand tensors to learn General relativity. In the book that I am reading they claim that if the basis of a vector space undergoes a linear transformation $T$ then the components of ...
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Lagrange Multipliers and Virtual Work: Are Joos & Freeman wrong?

I have come to suspect that the treatment of virtual work in configuration space using Lagrange multipliers given here "Theoretical Physics, by Georg Joos & Ira M. Freeman, pg 114" is not correct. ...
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Diagonalisation: Schmidt vs eigenvalue - when to use which?

In physics we encounter diagonalisation of matrices or operators in a variety of areas. But there are different kinds, the main two being Schmidt decomposition and eigenvalue diagonalisation. The two ...
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Extending projection operator to infinite-dimensional case

Hi I have a basic question regarding bra-ket notation. Given that $\{|e_n \rangle \}$ is a discrete orthonormal basis, $$\langle e_m | e_n \rangle = \delta_{mn}$$ then $$\sum_{n}|e_n \rangle \langle ...
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Dot product in index notation [closed]

This is a question about a small exercise I am trying to do in order to check if I am correct. Such type of quantities can appear in propagators in QFT. Since I am not an index expert I need some ...
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Solving systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index notation?

I'm doing some self-studying out of Hughston and Tod's Introduction to General Relativity and I stumbled upon a few problems asking me to solve systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index ...
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Technique to Solve 2-Dimensional Linear Momentum Problem

Problem: After a completely inelastic collision, two objects of the same mass and initial speed stick together and move away at half their initial speed. Find the angle between their initial ...
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Find force centroid from forces and moments [closed]

A force $\vec F = (F_x,F_y,F_z)$ is applied to a point that its position vector is $\vec r = (x,y,z)$ generating a moment $\vec M = (M_x,M_y,M_z)$. Find position vector of the point ($\vec r$) if ...
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Clarification from Griffiths Introduction to quantum mechanics

A question from Appendix Linear algebra A.3 Matrices on page 441 "If you know what a prticular linear transformation does to a set of basis vectors, you can easily figure out what it does on any ...
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How is the range of $x\cdot s$ in Simon's algorithm restricted to $\{0,1\}$?

The final critical step of Simon's algorithm (before setting up a simpler system of equations to solve) involves taking advantage of the fact that $$x\cdot s \in\{0,1 \}$$ but for $x,s \in ...
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Why superposition is useful just for linear functions?

I saw a problem which said that we have a bar between two walls and we increase the temperature. and as you know walls push a force to the bar so the length of it does not change. in the solution I ...
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Relationship between Quantum superposition and Uncertainty principle

I'm an amateur in quantum mechanics. I am confused after reading the following in the wikipedia article about quantum superposition: If the operators corresponding to two observables do not ...
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Exercise 18b in Schutz's First course in GR

The question is as follows: Show that a timelike vector and a non-zero null vector cannot be orthogonal. So we have a timelike vector $\vec{A}$, s.t $\vec{A}^2<0$; and a non-zero null vector, ...
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Eigenvalue physical meaning [closed]

What is the physical significance of eigenvalues or eigenvectors?? Please try to explain in very simple language simple harmonic oscillator , potential well could you support your answer by ...
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Interpretation of Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors of an hyperbolic conservation law $\partial_t W + A \partial_x W = 0$

I read in a article dealing with a hyperbolic partial differential equations this statement : For any system of hyperbolic partial differential equations (pde), expressed as (1) ...
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Proof that a Hermitian Matrix is not defective?

I am taking an introductory course into Quantum Mechanics. To me to seems pretty simple to prove most properties of Hermitian operators. However, I am stuck at an edge case, proving that if an ...
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What is the meaning of “closure is lost” for a set of kets (or any members of a vector space)?

This is the closure relation in Quantum Mechanics: $$\sum_i |i\rangle \langle i| = 1 $$ which I understand as "the sum of the projections onto the basis vectors leaves the projected vector ...
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Kronecker sum or direct sum?

When we write $$H=\sum_k H_k$$ in condensed matter physics, are we using Kronecker sum or direct sum? I think this is direct sum. However, Wikipedia says it is Kronecker sum. Can anyone give some ...
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Tensor indices and row and column labels of corresponding representation matrices

When reading undergraduate GR literature, I often see that the authors represent tensors ${\eta^\alpha}_{\beta}$, ${\eta^\beta}_{\alpha}$, $\eta_{\alpha \beta}$, $\eta^{\alpha \beta}$ as matrices. ...
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Clarification about two forms of the wave function

The wave function in the position representation is $\langle\ x\rvert\psi\rangle$ = $ \psi (x) $ , where $ \psi (x) $ are the continuous coefficients that multiply the orthonormal basis vectors, i.e, ...
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Electromagnetic scattering $T$-matrix in MATLAB

My problem with the inverse of the matrix T (in the photo) , the matrix consists of Bessel and Henkel functions in high order (the orders from 1 to 21), then the elements of this matrix arrived to ...
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Eigenvalues for correlation matrix which have the form of an harmonic function

I am trying to understand the written in the picture below. I took the matrix $C_{2 \times 2}$ which is: $$C=\left[ \begin{array}{} a& ace^{-\frac{|\phi_1-\phi_2|}{2}}\\ ...
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Negative powers of operators

This may sound like a strange question, but just to be sure: Suppose I have a general Hermitian operator in Hilbert space whose action on an eigenvector is given by $R|r\rangle = r|r\rangle$. Then, I ...
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How to find the logarithm of Pauli Matrix? [closed]

When I solve some physics problem, it helps a lot if I can find the logarithm of Pauli matrix. e.g. $\sigma_{x}=\left(\begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{array}\right)$, find the matrix ...
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Determine the point at which moment vector is zero on a 3D body

I have information about total force and moment on a body for three points, whose coordinates I know. From this information I would like to determine the point at which moment would be zero. ...
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Two-Band k.p Model is not Hermitian for imaginary wavevectors

In E. O. Kane's original work on Zener Tunneling, he uses a two-band $k\cdot p$ model for the semiconductor bandstructure: ...
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Pauli Matrices & 2D Rotation Operators?

I was doing a strange calculation with my teacher the other day: find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the 2D rotation operator. Intuitively, there should be no solution to this problem in ...
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How many degrees of freedom to diagonalize the metric?

In A. Zee's Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell, he starts with the following expansion of the metric at some point $P$ of a Riemannian manifold, with coordinates $x^\mu$ that have the origin at $P$: $$ ...
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Is there an online course in Mathematical Methods for Physics, Covering Matrices and Vector Analysis? [duplicate]

I am taking a course in Mathematical Methods for physicsPhysics (Junior Level). We are working from > Mathematical Methods for physicists, George B.Arfken . I just need online resources ...
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Prove that a translation operator times a reflection operator is unitary and Hermitian [closed]

I am trying to prove some properties of the product of the (unitary) translation operator $\hat{T}(a)\psi(x) = \psi(x-a)$ and the (Hermitian) reflection operator $\hat{R} \psi(x) = \psi(-x)$. In ...
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Griffiths use of a linear transformation on basis vectors. Need help with derivation

In Griffiths' intro to Quantum Mechanics 2nd edition, in the appendix A.3 which is a review on linear algebra and matrixes (on page 441), he states that a linear transformation on a set of basis ...
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LinAlg based physics textbooks [duplicate]

I'm in my second year studying physics, and ever since I took LinAlg, I've been noticing LinAlg-related concepts pop up all over the place, but it has never been presented directly as matrices, bases, ...
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What is The most detailed Mathematical Methods for physics book? [duplicate]

I am taking a course in Mathematical Physics Junior Level (Undergraduate). We are working from Arfken's "Mathematical Methods for physicists", but i am finding trouble with it specially in the ...
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General Theory of Small Oscillations and existence of solutions

For small oscillations, my textbook equation for amplitude says: $(V-\omega^2T) \cdot a=0$ where $a$ is a column vector in which each component $a_i$ is related to $q_i$ as $q_i=a_i\cos(\omega ...
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Unitary Transfomation from One Basis to Another [closed]

So we have two orthonormal linearly independent basis $\{ |\phi_1 \rangle, \dots, |\phi_n \rangle \}$ and $\{ |\psi_1 \rangle, \dots, |\psi_n \rangle \}$. We can express the basis vectors of the ...
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Why can differentiating a function carry it out from Hilbert space?

I was just doing a QM Griffiths Problem. I was able to get it correct, but I have a few questions. Let $f(x)=x^v$ be defined on $[0,1]$ where $v= 1/2$ then $df/dx = \frac{x^{-1}}2$ Then, we know ...
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Proving polarization identity for operators in complex vector spaces

In general for two operators to be equal, all their (matrix) elements must be equal $$A = B \rightarrow \langle \phi_1|A| \phi_2\rangle=\langle \phi_1|B| \phi_2\rangle$$ However, I am asked to show ...
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Definition of the “support” of the reduced density matrix

Some of the papers in condensed matter physics use the word "support" (space). For example, the following papers use the support especially for the reduced density matrix. ...
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What's the proof that sum of all projection operators for orthonormal basis gives us identity operator? [closed]

\begin{align} \ I = \begin{bmatrix}1 & 0\\0 & 1\end{bmatrix} \end{align} \begin{align} \ {\sum_{i} |i{\rangle}}{{\langle}i|}=I \end{align} $I$ is identity operator, while the $|i{\rangle}$ ...
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Expressing operator in bra-ket notation, knowing just matrix elements

This is in context of unitary transformations between two othonormal bases $\{ | e_i \rangle\}$ and $\{ | \bar{e}_i \rangle\}$. I define $U$ by $$U| e_i \rangle = | \bar{e}_i \rangle $$ Now I can ...
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Many Body Physics: Hamiltonian block structure and Symmetries

Consider a many body problem of a small cluster, e.g. the 'Hubbard-Cluster' (albeit the question may be of relevance for other Hamiltonians as well): $$\mathcal{H}=\sum_{<ij>\sigma} t_{ij} ...
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Entanglement entropy for stabilizer states

A stabilizer state for a stabilizer set S for a system of qubits can be written as $\rho=\frac{1}{2^{n}}\sum_{g\epsilon S}g$ . If we take a bipartition A-B of our system and partial trace over A, ...
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Superposition in Quantum Mechanics

First of all, let $V$ be a vector space over the field $\mathbb{F}$. It is possible then to show, by Zorn's Lemma that there is a basis for $V$. The main point is that although basis are quite ...
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Is there a proof that the number of eigenstates is countable for a bound system?

When you solve Schrödinger equation for a free particle with no boundary conditions your eigen states are indexed by quantum number $k \in \mathbb R $ and $\mathbb R$ isn't countable but if you add a ...
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Transformation of four-velocity in special relativity

I am revising special relativity introducing more matrix form in the equation. Currently I am reading book in which transformation matrix is defined as $${\Lambda= \begin{bmatrix} \gamma & ...
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Proton spin independent fine structure “Hamiltonian” $W_f$

To find the perturbation correction (fine structure) in the case of a degenerate energy $E_n^0$, we can diagonalize the operator $W_f^n$, the restriction of $W_f$ to the eigen-space associated to ...
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$[A_1, H] =[A_2, H] = 0$ but $[A_1, A_2] \neq 0$?

I am having a difficult time understanding this problem. Suppose $[A_1, A_2] \ne 0,$ $[A_1, H] = 0,$ $[A_2, H] = 0.$ Show that the energy eigenstates of $H$ are in general ...
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Is there a physical interpretation of the alternating property?

A map from a vector-space to its base field is called "alternating" if each vector with repeated elements is mapped to zero. I've read that symplectic geometry is an important representation of ...