2.I.2G

Show that the symmetric and antisymmetric parts of a second-rank tensor are themselves tensors, and that the decomposition of a tensor into symmetric and antisymmetric parts is unique.

For the tensor $A$ having components

$A=\left(\begin{array}{lll} 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 4 & 5 & 6 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 \end{array}\right)$

find the scalar $a$, vector $\mathbf{p}$ and symmetric traceless tensor $B$ such that

$A \mathbf{x}=a \mathbf{x}+\mathbf{p} \wedge \mathbf{x}+B \mathbf{x}$

for every vector $\mathbf{x}$.

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