(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Using indical notation, prove that a 2nd order symmetric tensor D remains symmetric when transformed into any other coordinate system.

2. Relevant equations

Tensor law of transformation (2nd order):

[tex]D'_{pq} = a_{pr}a_{qs}D_{rs}[/tex]

3. The attempt at a solution

I think I'm required to prove that [tex]D'_{pq} = D'_{qp}[/tex] (where D is a symmetric 2nd order tensor)

[tex]D'_{pq} = a_{pr}a_{qs}D_{rs}[/tex]

[tex]D'^{T}_{pq} = (a_{pr}a_{qs}D_{rs})^T[/tex]

[tex]D'_{qp} = a_{qs}a_{pr}D_{sr}[/tex] (can someone please explain why when you transpose this, the a's swaps position but the D swaps indices?)

[tex]D_{rs} = D_{sr}[/tex] (as D is symmetric)

=>[tex]D'_{pq} = a_{pr}a_{qs}D_{rs} = a_{qs}a_{pr}D_{rs} = D'_{qp}[/tex]

Thus [tex]D'_{pq} = D'_{qp}[/tex]

Did I prove it correctly?

Thank you

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# Homework Help: Proving tensor symmetry under transformation

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