Today we revisit the Lie Derivative $\mathcal{L}_X$ from Lecture 10 and show how it can be intepreted as a tensor derivation on the tensor algebra of a manifold, i.e. a local operator $\mathcal{L}_X \colon \mathscr{T}(M) \to \mathscr{T}(M)$ which commutes with contractions and acts like a derivation with respect to the tensor product.

We explain why Lie derivative of an alternating tensor of type $(0,k)$ — i.e. a differential $k$-form — is again alternating. Thus the Lie derivative can also be thought of as a local operator $\Omega(M) \to \Omega(M)$. Such an operator is called a graded derivation.

Next lecture we will study a particularly famous graded derivation: the exterior differential.

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