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Topic: Tensor Definition
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Tanu R.

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Re: Tensor Definition
Posted: Jul 8, 2013 11:03 AM
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J.B. Wood write:

> Hello, all. Just when I think I've got a good handle on tensors (after
> painstakingly reading and working problems in Louis Brand's "Vector and
> Tensor Analysis"), I come across the following in Merriam-Webster's
> Collegiate Dictionary:
> "A generalized vector with more than three components each of which is a
> function of an arbitrary point in space of an appropriate number of
> dimensions"
> That definition seems to exclude well-known dyadics (stress tensor,
> permeability tensor, etc) having 9-components that are constants (for
> the material involved.) That aside, I'm still having a problem grasping
> the foregoing definition. Thanks for your time and any comment. Sincerely,

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