Hi.

I was under the impression that thetraceof a tensor was equal to the sum of itseigenvalues. So what do theeigenvaluesof atracelesstensor mean?

Thanks

B

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- Nov 8th 2011, 04:16 AMBwtsEigenvalues of a traceless symmetric tensor?
Hi.

I was under the impression that the**trace**of a tensor was equal to the sum of its**eigenvalues**. So what do the**eigenvalues**of a**traceless**tensor mean?

Thanks

B - Nov 8th 2011, 07:07 AMAckbeetre: Eigenvalues of a traceless symmetric tensor?
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong (as they always can), but if I understand correctly, all this means is that the eigenvalues have a complex sum to zero. The sum of all the imaginary parts of the eigenvalues is zero, and the sum of all the real parts of the eigenvalues is zero.