# Math Help - Extensors

1. ## Extensors

I'm familiar with tensors, but I recently encountered in a physics paper the term "extensor" (specifically, the "metric extensor" as constrasted with the metric tensor). What is an extensor? Can anyone point me to a definition or introduction to this term/concept/entity?

--Kevin C.

2. Originally Posted by TwistedOne151
I'm familiar with tensors, but I recently encountered in a physics paper the term "extensor" (specifically, the "metric extensor" as constrasted with the metric tensor). What is an extensor? Can anyone point me to a definition or introduction to this term/concept/entity?

--Kevin C.
let $V$ be a vector space over a field $F$ (or more generally a module over a commutative ring). let $\Lambda(V)$ be the exterior algebra of $V$ over $F.$ an extensor of step $n$ is any element of $\Lambda(V)$

in the form $v_1 \wedge v_2 \wedge \cdots \wedge v_n, \ \ v_j \in V.$