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Homework Help: Verifying that a tensor is isotropic

  1. Oct 6, 2011 #1
    I'm supposed to verify that this fourth-rank tensor is isotropic assuming cartesian coordinates: [A]_{}[/ijkl]=[δ]_{}[/kl][δ_{}[/kl]

    from what I gathered being isotropic means that it stays the same no matter what the rotation is

    I have no clue how to even start this problem or what I am looking at.
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2011 #2

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    I recommend that, instead of saying what you "gather" isotropic means, you write out the specific definition. You use the precise words of definitions in mathematics proofs.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2011 #3
    I'm not even sure how to go about doing that. I am taking math methods but have been out of school for a while and just trying to relearn things and I never took a proof class before. My book does not give any definition other than the one in English but there is no math that I can find that has the definition. Is there someplace I could go to find the definition.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2011 #4
    So I figured out that I need to rotate the tensor and from there show that it is the same in the new rotation. So if I have A_ijkl=(δ_ij)(δ_kl) In order to transform it I'm not really sure how to proceed.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2011
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