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Transpose of a Tensor Identity

  1. Nov 21, 2013 #1
    My textbook (regarding continuum mechanics) has the following identity that is supposed to be true for all tensors:

    a[itex]\cdot[/itex]Tb = b[itex]\cdot[/itex]TTa

    But I don't get the same result for both sides when I work it out.
    For each side, I'm doing the dot product last. For example, I compute Tb first and then computer the dot product of a[itex]\cdot[/itex]Tb. Is that right? I tried doing it the other way around also, but it didn't work out that way either.

    I'm still pretty new to this subject and teaching it to myself, so I figure I'm multiplying something incorrectly, but I don't understand what.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 25, 2013 #2

    I don't know what you might be doing wrong, but vector algebra is commutative, as you say.

    The original identity is definitely correct, as it is a common one used as a starting point for other math proofs.
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