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Need a easy understanding book on Tensor. 
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#1
Jun1611, 09:27 PM

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I am studying electrodynamics and I ran across tansor problem. I want to find a book that explain this in a very easy way so I can understand. I have materials that get into nth dimension. It get confusing. I just want to learn the basics in a very easy understandable way.
Thanks Alan 


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Jun1611, 09:36 PM

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If you want to just learn the systematic aspect of tensor analysis as in how to manipulate and calculate all tensor related quantities without the formalism of manifolds, fiber bundles etc. then I suggest Schaum's Outlines for Tensor Calculus.



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Jun1611, 09:38 PM

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Jun1711, 03:25 AM

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Need a easy understanding book on Tensor.
My head is already spinning studying PDE and all to study electrodynamics, I just want to learn the simple ones for ED. But not so simple to the point of just follow the equation though. I find Schaums are too brief to really for learning. 


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Jun1711, 09:54 AM

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Googling around, I found "A Quick introduction to tensor analysis" free for download:
http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0403252 I haven't read it, so I don't know how good it is, but the price is right. 


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Jun1711, 05:44 PM

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I would second the free and schaum's outline on tensor calculus as places to start, since they are cheap. (I too found the schaum on vector analysis to be inadequate to teach tensors.) IF those don't work for you, I really like "a brief on tensor analysis" by simmonds. I worked through it and thought it was excellent.
good luck, jason 


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Jun1711, 07:30 PM

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Thanks for all the suggestion, I am going to look into these.
Alan 


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Jun1711, 07:35 PM

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I just ordered one on Amazon for $36 free shipping. 


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Jun1711, 07:36 PM

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I already download this. I am just going to get a few so if I get stuck on one, I can go on the other. 


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