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Lecture# Tensor Transformations

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This lecture covers the basics of tensor transformations, including index notations, coordinate systems, vector products, and rotation matrices. The instructor explains how to represent tensors, such as stress tensors, in different coordinate systems and the importance of applying rotation matrices. The lecture also introduces differential operators like gradients and divergences, illustrating their applications in mechanics through scalar and vector fields.

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