A contravariant tensor is a Tensor having specific transformation properties (c.f., a Covariant Tensor). To
examine the transformation properties of a contravariant tensor, first consider a Tensor of Rank 1 (a Vector)

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Covariant Tensors are a type of Tensor with differing transformation properties, denoted
. However, in 3-D Cartesian Coordinates,

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To turn a Covariant Tensor into a contravariant tensor, use the Metric Tensor to write

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**References**

Arfken, G. ``Noncartesian Tensors, Covariant Differentiation.'' §3.8 in
*Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 3rd ed.* Orlando, FL: Academic Press, pp. 158-164, 1985.

Morse, P. M. and Feshbach, H. *Methods of Theoretical Physics, Part I.*
New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 44-46, 1953.

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