Tensor – Basic Notation

Tensor calculus is an organized expression, which contains sophisticated geometric insights.

• Combines geometric and analytical perspectives.
• Enables use of the co-ordinate system without the loss of geometric insight.
• Provides a framework for establishing equations valid in all coordinate systems.
• Algorithmic.
• Provides a language that is concise and powerful.
• Based on a handful of operations.

Summation convention in Tensor algebra plays a crucial role. The convention is such that any lower-case alphabetic subscript that appears exactly twice in any term of an expression is understood to be summed over all the values that a subscript in that position can take.

The subscripted quantities may appear in the numerator and/or denominator of a term in an expression.

Subscripts that are summed over are called dummy subscripts, and others are free subscripts.

While introducing a dummy subscript into an expression, care needs to be taken not to use which is already present, either as a free / dummy subscript.

Example

aijbjkckl   cannot and must not, be replaced by

aijbjjcjl   -NO

ailblkckl  – NO

aimbmkckl  – YES

aimbmncnl – YES