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Topic: Tensor Definition
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J.B. Wood

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Registered: 8/29/06
Tensor Definition
Posted: Jul 8, 2013 9:07 AM
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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

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,
J. B. Wood e-mail:

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