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tiger_striped_cat said:

There are basically two criteria:

1.The equation must contain only quantities with the same type of greek/spacetime indices summed over.Wrt to indices,the equation must be 'balanced',that is the tensor rank of the RHS must be equal to the tensor rank of the LHS.

2.The sides of the equation must have the same 'tensor quality' (i made it up).You cannot have an equality between a tensor (e.g.in the LHS) and a nontensor (in the LHS).

Daniel.

PS.The equation

[tex] A^{i}=F^{\mu i}B_{\mu} [/tex]

is not covariant.

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[tex] A^{i}=F^{\mu i}B_{\mu} [/tex]

I think I'm having problems due to my lack of understanding with tensors and covariance, no fault of your explaniation.

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a) one index takes 4 values and the other only 3.

b) both indices should behave the same at a general coordinate transformation,but the trouble is that one index transforms with the normal matrix (4*4),while the other with another one,which has only (3*3) components.

Daniel.

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