Cartesian Tensor

A Cartesian tensor is a tensor in three-dimensional Euclidean space. Unlike general tensors, there is no distinction between covariant and contravariant indices for Cartesian tensors. However, tensors in non-Euclidean spaces (e.g., Lorentzian spaces) do require this distinction.

See also

Affine Tensor, Contravariant Tensor, Covariant Tensor, Tensor

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