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Why tensors should be taught at undergraduate levels
Author(s): Andrey Beyle; Bernard Maxum

Paper Abstract

Many academic subjects that were taught previously in the framework of theoretical physics moved to engineering. These include courses in electromagnetics, statics and dynamics, heat and mass transfer, mechanics of solids, nuclear power, and courses that branch from these, like fiber optic communications thermodynamics. However, the mathematical foundation in engineering education has remained substantially unchanged during this transition period, typically peaking at the level of linear algebra, vector calculus and integral transforms. As a result many undergraduate engineering courses are built in such a way as to avoid tensor analysis and tensor calculus, as if such mathematical constructs are beyond the capacity of the undergraduate student to understand. We show that this not the case.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9793, Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015, 979319 (15 December 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2223104
Show Author Affiliations
Andrey Beyle, Lamar Univ. (United States)
Bernard Maxum, Lamar Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9793:
Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2015

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