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Introduction to tensor analysis and the calculus of moving surfaces

Author: Pavel Grinfeld
Publisher: New York : Springer, 2013.
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This text is meant to deepen its readers understanding of vector calculus, differential geometry and related subjects in applied mathematics. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this text invites its audience to take a fresh look at previously learned material through the prism of tensor calculus. Once the framework is mastered, the student is introduced to new material which includes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Grinfeld, Pavel.
Introduction to tensor analysis and the calculus of moving surfaces
(OCoLC)841495285
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pavel Grinfeld
ISBN: 9781461478676 1461478677
OCLC Number: 860703928
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Why Tensor Calculus? --
Part I: Tensors in Euclidean Spaces. Rules of the Game --
Coordinate Systems and the Role of Tensor Calculus --
Change of Coordinates --
The Tensor Description of Euclidean Spaces --
The Tensor Property --
Elements of Linear Algebra in Tensor Notation --
Covariant Differentiation --
Determinants and the Levi-Civita Symbol --
Part II: Tensors on Surfaces. The Tensor Description of Embedded Surfaces --
The Covariant Surface Derivative --
Curvature --
Embedded Curves --
Integration and Gauss's Theorem --
Part III: The Calculus of Moving Surfaces. The Foundations of the Calculus of Moving Surfaces --
Extension to Arbitrary Tensors --
Applications of the Calculus of Moving Surfaces.
Responsibility: Pavel Grinfeld.

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This text is meant to deepen its readers understanding of vector calculus, differential geometry and related subjects in applied mathematics. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this text invites its audience to take a fresh look at previously learned material through the prism of tensor calculus. Once the framework is mastered, the student is introduced to new material which includes differential geometry on manifolds, shape optimization, boundary perturbation, and dynamic fluid film equations. Tensor calculus is a powerful tool that combines the geometric and analytical perspectives and enables us to take full advantage of the computational utility of coordinate systems. The tensor approach can be of benefit to members of all technical sciences including mathematics and all engineering disciplines. If calculus and linear algebra are central to the readers scientific endeavors, tensor calculus is indispensable. The language of tensors, originally championed by Einstein, is as fundamental as the languages of calculus and linear algebra and is one that every technical scientist ought to speak. The tensor technique, invented at the turn of the 20th century, is now considered classical. Yet, as the author shows, it remains remarkably vital and relevant. The authors skilled lecturing capabilities are evident by the inclusion of insightful examples and a plethora of exercises. A great deal of material is devoted to the geometric fundamentals, the mechanics of change of variables, the proper use of the tensor notation, and the discussion of the interplay between algebra and geometry. The early chapters have many words and few equations. The definition of a tensor comes only in Chapter 6 when the reader is ready for it. While this text maintains a reasonable level of rigor, it takes great care to avoid formalizing the subject.

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