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Need a easy understanding book on Tensor.

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yungman
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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.

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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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Quote Quote by yungman View Post
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
What do you mean n-th dimension? I've only ever seen a rank 3 tensor in e/m.

yungman
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Need a easy understanding book on Tensor.

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What do you mean n-th dimension? I've only ever seen a rank 3 tensor in e/m.
I was looking at Schaum's Vector analysis. It has a small section on it and call out for n space!!! Yes, in EM, I need only 3 space, that's the reason I am looking for more simple type.

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.
brocks
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Jun17-11, 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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Jun17-11, 10:12 AM
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Quote Quote by yungman View Post
I was looking at Schaum's Vector analysis. It has a small section on it and call out for n space!!! Yes, in EM, I need only 3 space, that's the reason I am looking for more simple type.

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.
There's a Schaum's quide specifically for Tensor Calculus. It starts with the basic notion of tensors, NOT VECTORS. It's probably what you're looking for. The guide contains problems and solutions.
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Jun17-11, 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
yungman
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Jun17-11, 07:30 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestion, I am going to look into these.

Alan
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Jun17-11, 07:35 PM
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Quote Quote by jasonRF View Post
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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I just ordered one on Amazon for $36 free shipping.
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Jun17-11, 07:36 PM
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Quote Quote by brocks View Post
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.
Thanks

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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