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Notation Convention: Primes in Coordinate Transformations

  1. Sep 22, 2011 #1
    I have seen in various locations different conventions regarding the location of a prime symbol denoting a tensor represented in a new frame. For example, if the position four-vector is


    then this four-vector in a different frame is often written as either

    [tex] x'^{\mu} [/tex]
    [tex] x^{\mu}{'} [/tex]

    Is there a recommended convention for this, or better yet, is one of them substantially more common than the other?
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2011
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  3. Sep 22, 2011 #2

    Ben Niehoff

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    I think the more common convention is to put primes on indices, like so:


    This way, it is clear exactly which indices have been transformed to a new frame.
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