Tensor Calculus

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"This book is an excellent classroom text, since it is clearly written, contains numerous problems and exercises, and at the end of each chapter has a summary of the significant results of the chapter." — Quarterly of Applied Mathematics. Fundamental introduction for beginning student of absolute differential calculus and for those interested in applications of tensor calculus to mathematical physics and engineering. Topics include spaces and tensors; basic operations in Riemannian space, curvature of space, ...

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Overview

"This book is an excellent classroom text, since it is clearly written, contains numerous problems and exercises, and at the end of each chapter has a summary of the significant results of the chapter." — Quarterly of Applied Mathematics. Fundamental introduction for beginning student of absolute differential calculus and for those interested in applications of tensor calculus to mathematical physics and engineering. Topics include spaces and tensors; basic operations in Riemannian space, curvature of space, special types of space, relative tensors, ideas of volume, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486636122
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/1978
  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics Series
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 456,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Spaces and Tensors
  1.1 The generalized idea of a space
  1.2 Transformation of coordinates. Summation convention
  1.3 Contravariant vectors and tensors. Invariants
  1.4 Covariant vectors and tensors. Mixed tensors
  1.5 Addition, multiplication, and contraction of tensors
  1.6 Tests for tensor character
  1.7 Compressed notation
  Summary I, Exercises I
II. Basic Operations in Riemannian Space
  2.1 The metric tensor and the line element
  2.2 The conjugate tensor. Lowering and raising suffixes
  2.3 Magnitude of a vector. Angle between vectors
  2.4 Geodesics and geodesic null lines. Christoffel symbols
  2.5 Derivatives of tensors
  2.6 Special coordinate systems
  2.7 Frenet formulae
  Summary II, Exercises II
III. Curvature of Space
  3.1 The curvature tensor
  3.2 The Ricci tensor, the curvature invariant, and the Einstein tensor
  3.3 Geodesic deviation
  3.4 Riemannian curvature
  3.5 Parallel propagation
  Summary III, Exercises III
IV. Special Types of Space
  4.1 Space of constant curvature
  4.2 Flat space
  4.3 Cartesian tensors
  4.4 A space of constant curvature regarded as a sphere in a flat space
  Summary IV, Exercises IV
V. Applications to Classical Dynamics
  5.1 Physical components of tensors
  5.2 Dynamics of a particle
  5.3 Dynamics of a rigid body
  5.4 Moving frames of reference
  5.5 General dynamical systems
  Summary V, Exercises V
VI. Applications to hydrodynamics, elasticity, and electromagnetic radiation
  6.1 Hydrodynamics
  6.2 Elasticity
  6.3 Electromagnetic radiation
  Summary VI, Exercises VI
VII. Relative Tensors, Ideas of Volume, Green-Stokes Theorems
  7.1 Relative tensors, generalized Kronecker delta, permutation symbol
  7.2 Change of weight. Differentiation
  7.3 Extension
  7.4 Volume
  7.5 Stokes' theorem
  7.6 Green's theorem
  Summary VII, Exercises VII
VIII. Non-Riemannian spaces
  8.1 Absolute derivative. Spaces with a linear connection. Paths
  8.2 Spaces with symmetric connection. Curvature
  8.3 Weyl spaces. Riemannian spaces. Projective spaces
  Summary VIII, Exercises VIII
Appendix A. Reduction of a Quadratic Form
Appendix B. Multiple integration
  Bibliography, Index

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