By James Foster, J. David Nightingale

This textbook offers a superb advent to a subject matter that's super effortless to get slowed down in. I took a one semester path that used this article as an undergraduate, within which i assumed the publication was once only good, yet then while I took a gradute path that used Carroll's Spacetime and Geometry is whilst i actually got here to understand the instruction this ebook gave me (not that Carroll's booklet is undesirable, I simply would not suggest it for a primary reading). let alone the ebook is lovely affordable so far as physics texts move.

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60) This is the natural basis for the tangent plane. It is induced by the system of parameters used to label points in exactly the sam e way as the natural basis associated with a curvilinear system of coordinates (u, v, w) in Euclidean space . There is also a dual basis {e" , e"} , but it is not given in such a straightforward manner as its counterpart for curvilinear coordinates in space, where we used the gradient vectors V'u , V'v, V'w to define e", e" , e W • Each of the parameters u, v gives a scalar field on the surface E , and it is the gradients of these that provide the dual basis {e" , e V } .

A type (r ,O) tensor might be referred to as a contravariant tensor of rank rand a type (0, s) tensor as a covariant tensor of rank s. If both r #- 0 and s #- 0, the tensor is described as mixed. We now recognize a cont ravariant vector at P as a tensor of typ e (1,0) and a covariant vector as a tensor of type (0,1) . Scalars may be included in the general scheme of things by regarding th em as typ e (0,0) tensors. If at each point of an N-dimensional region V in M we have a typ e (r, s) tensor defined, th en th e result is a tensor field on V.

Just as each point P of a surface has its own tangent plane making contact with the surface at P, each point P of a manifold has a tangent space Tp attached to it at P. a ea at a point as an arrow emanating from P: it is not something in the manifold (like a curve is in the manifold) , but something attached to it at P (like the tangent vectors to a surface). Although the tangent plane to a surface at a point gives a useful way of viewing the tangent space of a manifold at a point, this view can be misleading.