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Tensor equations in General Relativity

In the context of general relativity it is often stated that one of the main purposes of tensors is that of making equations frame-independent. Question: why is this true? I'm looking for a ...
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Interpretation of rank 2 spinors

While inspecting the $(\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$ representation of the Lorentz group and defining a right-handed spinor with upper dotted index and a left-handed spinor with lower undotted index and ...
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Derivation of normal shear stress

I am self-studying this note and I am stuck in the derivation of the normal shear stress. Specifically I can't see how the relations (23) and (24) come about. Specifically, what I don't understand is ...
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Tensors of rotations about an arbitrary vector in C^2

I'm trying to solve the following equation: $$e^{-i\theta/2 \sigma_{\vec{i}}^A} \otimes e^{-i\theta/2 \sigma_{\vec{i}}^B} |\Psi\rangle_{AB} = e^{i\phi} |\Psi\rangle_{AB} $$ where $e^{i\phi}$ should ...
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Shape of the state space under different tensor products

I am currently studying generalized probabilistic theories. Let me roughly recall how such a theory looks like (you can skip this and go to "My question" if you are familiar with this). Recall: In a ...
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How to tell that the electromagnetic field tensor transforms as a tensor?

Is any matrix a tensor in special relativity? My question is inspired by the definition of the electromagnetic field tensor in Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry book. In equation (1.69), he defines a ...
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Understanding Tensors

I don't seem to be able to visualize tensors. I am reading The Morgan Kauffman Game Physics Engine Development and he uses tensors to represent aerodynamics but he doesn't explain them so I am not ...
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How to define tensor contraction without referring to summation?

The textbook defines a tensor to be an element in $(T^*)^k×T^l→R$. It then expresses tensors as arrays of components with respect to a certain basis, and defines tensor contraction using summation ...
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Tensor notation

I'm trying to understand the Maxwell Stress tensor notation. I'm given that each element in the tensor is given by ...
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Density matrix and irreducible tensor operators

I'm reading those lecture notes on atomic physics. Yesterday I posed a question on reducible tensors, and today I have a question on their relation to the density matrix. If there's any information ...
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Why eigenvector points to principal stress plane?

I can represent a tensor by a matrix. Suppose we are talking about a 2nd order tensor, and the matrix is therefore 3x3. If I find one eigenvector of that matrix; that vector represents normal vector ...
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Hookes Law and Objective Stress Rates

Often, in papers presenting updated Lagrangian simulation methods for solid dynamics, the following procedure for updating the (Cauchy) stress tensor is presented: First, the Cauchy stress tensor is ...
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Riemann Curvature Tensor Symmetries Proof

I am trying to expand $$\varepsilon^{{abcd}} R_{{abcd}}$$ by using four identities of the Riemann curvature tensor: Symmetry $$R_{{abcd}} = R_{{cdab}}$$ Antisymmetry first pair of indicies ...
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Nature of Fields in QFT

I'm not exactly an expert in quantum physics, but this seems to be a simple question, and I can't find an answer anywhere! There are specific types of fields used in physics: scalar fields (i.e. as ...
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Relation involving the Lorentz transformation and the inverse of its transpose

The relation I was referring to in the title is $${\Lambda_a}^b= \eta_{ac} {L^c}_d \eta^{db}$$ where ${\Lambda_a}^b$ is the inverse transpose of $L$, the Lorentz transformation. I was wondering ...
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Tensor Product of a Bra and a Ket

What does one get if the take the tensor product of a bra and a ket, for instance, $\langle\uparrow \rvert \otimes \lvert \downarrow\rangle$? What I mean it, what is this object? What does it act on? ...
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Moment of inertia as a tensor

A professor at my university briefly stated that moment of inertia is a tensor and can be represented by a $3×3$ matrix. I don't have a good idea of what a tensor is, so I would be grateful if someone ...
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Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid [duplicate]

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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Riemann curvature tensor notation in Wald

This question is entirely on tensorial notation in Wald's General Relativity. When specifying the properties of the Riemann tensor on pg39, he states: $R_{[abc]}^{\quad \ \ \ d} = 0$ and For the ...
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Is Hodge star operation can be understood as contraction after tensor product of a $p$-form with the volume element? [migrated]

By defintion, the Hodge star of a $p$-form $\omega_{a_1\cdots a_p}$ on a $n$-dimensional manifold is given by $*\omega_{b_1\cdots b_{n-p}}=\frac{1}{p!}\omega^{a_1\cdots a_p}\epsilon_{a_1\cdots ...
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Why does the second Weyl scalar describe electromagnetic radiation?

I've been reading about the null tetrad, the Weyl tensor, and the Newman-Penrose identities, and so I found out about the Weyl scalars. While the zeroth, first, third, and fourth scalars describe ...
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Is force a contravariant vector or a covariant vector (or either)?

I don't understand whether something physical, like velocity for example, has a single correct classification as either a contravariant vector or a covariant vector. I have seen texts indicate that ...
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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 ...
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Concepts in Gabriel Kron's later papers

Gabriel Kron was an important research electrical engineer known for applying differential geometry and algebraic topology to the study of electrical system. Towards the end of his career he published ...
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Clarification of Tensor, Jacobian

Is this correct? Tensors are linear mappings between two coordinate systems on a manifold. The elements of that mapping (which include the different changes of bases at each point of the manifold) ...
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Jacobian for Kronecker delta

I was revising on a bit of tensor calculus, when I stumbled upon this: $$\delta^i_j = \frac{\partial y^i}{\partial x^\alpha} \frac{\partial x^\alpha}{\partial y^j}$$ And the next statement reads, ...
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Considering the theory of special relativity: Is torque still a vector?

Considering the theory of special relativity: Is torque still a vector? In classical mechanics it is easy: You have 3 axes and thus 3 planes. Every plane has its own torque so torque has 3 ...
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What does this quote about the four dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric tensor mean?

In the beginning, God said that the four dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric second rank tensor equals zero and there was light. Can someone explain what is the meaning of this quote by ...
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Weight of a tensor density

Is there any freedom in choosing the weight of a tensor density? I have seen in some papers that they introduce a tensor density made from metric with a special weight. There is a tensor density with ...
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What is pseudo tensor?

What is the pseudo tensor in relativity? How do we transform tensor and pseudo tensor under parity?
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Why can't we do some basic algebra in tensor calculus?

I have a very, very stupid question on the basics of tensor calculus. Consider $R_{ij} = 0$. 1)If I expand the ricci tensor $R_{ij}= g^{lm}R_{iljm}=0$. Now, my question is that, why can't we divide ...
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Interpretations of (r,s) tensors [duplicate]

A tensor of type (r,s) on a vector space V is a C-valued function T on V×V×...×V×W×W×...×W (there are r V's and s W's in which W is dual space of V) which is linear in each argument. We take (0, 0) ...
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Double dot product in Cylindrical polar coordinates - Strain Energy

I'm working with a problem in linear elasticity, and I have to calculate the strain energy function as follows: $$2W=σ_{ij}ε_{ij}$$ Where σ and ε are symmetric rank 2 tensors. For cartesian ...
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Killing Equation, trouble with tensor algebra

I'm attempting to follow a proof that the commutator of two Killing vectors is itself a Killing vector. The source that I've posted is from my course notes. I've highlighted the part I'm stuck on. ...
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How to understand the definition of vector and tensor?

Physics texts like to define vector as something that transform like a vector and tensor as something that transform like a tensor, which is different from the definition in math books. I am having ...
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Just a contraction of indices

I came across a contraction which is not giving the desired result. This is a toy problem in how to get a supergravity theory in low energy limit of a superstring theory using the vanishing of beta ...
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What is a tensor?

I have a pretty good knowledge of physics but couldn't understand what a tensor is. I just couldn't understand it, and the wiki page is very hard to understand as well. Can someone refer me to a good ...
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Relation between component 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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Finding the metric tensor from the Einstein field equation?

I have have set my self a challenge to learn all the maths behind the Einstein field equation (EFE), and from reading it seems that the Metric tensor is the thing we are trying to find (from the 10 ...
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Why are these specific stress invariants chosen?

I've seen these invariants of the Cauchy stress tensor $S$ defined in multiple places: $$J_1 = \lambda_1+\lambda_2+\lambda_3 = Tr(S)$$ $$J_2 = \lambda_1^2+\lambda_2^2+\lambda_3^2$$ $$J_3 = ...
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Ricci curvature tensor, definition of symbols

So I know that $$R_{μν}:=R^λ_{μλν}$$ is the Ricci curvature tensor (where $R^λ_{μλν}$ is the Riemann Tensor). This is in Einstein's field equations: $$R_{μν}-\frac{1}{2}g_{μν}R=\frac{8πG}{c^4}Τ_{μν}$$ ...
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What kind of physical quantity is angular displacement?

Angular Displacement is neither a vector nor a scalar. What type of physical quantity it is? Are there any other examples of that physical quantity?
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Variation of the purely covariant Riemann tensor

I need to find the variation of the purely covariant Riemann tensor with respect to the metric $g^{\mu \nu}$, i.e. $\delta R_{\rho \sigma \mu \nu}$. I know that, $R_{\rho \sigma \mu \nu} = g_{\rho ...
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How can a gas support tensile stresses?

In working through a rigorous derivation of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations, I find that the momentum flux in the X-direction should be driven not only by the normal pressure gradient ...
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Levi Civita covariance and contravariance

I read some older posts about this question, but I don't know if I'm getting it. I'm working with a Lagrangian involving some Levi Civita symbols, and when I calculate a term containing ...
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Tensors in special relativity [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand tensors, but I've come across the following question: Let $T^{\mu\nu}$ by a $(2,0)$ tensor. Give the definitions of $T_\mu^{\,\nu}$, $T_{\mu\nu}$, and ...
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“Vectors” (i.e. 1-tensors) their definition and motivation for relativity

I'm reading Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell (by Zee) and here he defines a vector as an object which is invariant under coordinate representation; concretely, if in one coordinate representation, $V$, ...
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Invariance of a tensor under coordinate transformation

I know, that a tensor is a mathematically entity that is represented using a basis and tensor products, in the form of a matrix, and changing a representation doesn't change a tensor, is kind of ...
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Terminologies for moment of inertia

Perhaps someone can suggest the right terms for the following mathematical objects related to moment of inertia? A inertia tensor $I$. $$I \equiv \begin{bmatrix} I_{1,1} & I_{1,2} & I_{1,3} ...