Tensor calculus for physics : a concise guide
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 Dwight E. Neuenschwander.
 Imprint
 Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
 Physical description
 x, 227 pages : ill. ; 23 cm
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QC20.7 .C28 N48 2015  Unknown 
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 Author/Creator
 Neuenschwander, Dwight E. author.
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 215220) and index.
 Publisher's summary

Understanding tensors is essential for any physics student dealing with phenomena where causes and effects have different directions. A horizontal electric field producing vertical polarization in dielectrics; an unbalanced car wheel wobbling in the vertical plane while spinning about a horizontal axis; an electrostatic field on Earth observed to be a magnetic field by orbiting astronautsthese are some situations where physicists employ tensors. But the true beauty of tensors lies in this fact: When coordinates are transformed from one system to another, tensors change according to the same rules as the coordinates. Tensors, therefore, allow for the convenience of coordinates while also transcending them. This makes tensors the gold standard for expressing physical relationships in physics and geometry. Undergraduate physics majors are typically introduced to tensors in specialcase applications. For example, in a classical mechanics course, they meet the "inertia tensor, " and in electricity and magnetism, they encounter the "polarization tensor." However, this piecemeal approach can set students up for misconceptions when they have to learn about tensors in more advanced physics and mathematics studies (e.g., while enrolled in a graduatelevel general relativity course or when studying nonEuclidean geometries in a higher mathematics class). Dwight E. Neuenschwander's Tensor Calculus for Physics is a bottomup approach that emphasizes motivations before providing definitions. Using a clear, stepbystep approach, the book strives to embed the logic of tensors in contexts that demonstrate why that logic is worth pursuing. It is an ideal companion for courses such as mathematical methods of physics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and relativity.
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Subjects
 Subjects
 Calculus of tensors.
 Physics.
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2015
 ISBN
 142141564X (hc)
 9781421415642
 1421415658 (pbk.)
 9781421415659 (pbk.)
 9781421415666 (electronic)
 1421415666 (electronic)