Tensor

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A tensor is a mathematical object. Tensors provide a mathematical framework for solving physics problems in areas such as elasticity, fluid mechanics and general relativity.[1] The word tensor comes from the Latin word tendere meaning "to stretch".

A tensor of order zero (zeroth-order tensor) is a scalar.[2] A tensor of order one (first-order tensor) is a linear map that maps every vector into a scalar.[2] A vector is a tensor of order one.[2] A tensor of order two (second-order tensor) is a linear map that maps every vector into a vector.[2]

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  1. Rowland, Todd; Weisstein, Eric W.. "Tensor". Wolfram Research. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Tensor.html. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Danielson, D. A. (1997). Vectors and Tensors in Engineering and Physics (Second ed.). Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley. p. 17. ISBN 0-201-44210-8.