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The problem I have is the following:

Let C be a list of coordinates, say, C = {x1, x2, ..., xn} and T be a tensor (possibly with symmetries) defined using the Array command (e.g., for a tensor with $3$ covariant components):

T = Array[ tt, { dim, dim, dim}]

where dim = n.
Now what I want is to declare that each and every component is a function of the coordinates.

Unfortunately, a command like:

T = Array[ tt[ x1, x2, ..., xn], { dim, dim, dim}]

does not work.

Any suggestions?

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Look up Function or Slot. Define tt as tt[x1[#1,#2,#3], x2[...], ...]& –  Sjoerd C. de Vries Nov 3 '13 at 23:25

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Improving a bit on @Sjoerd C. de Vries comment, you use SlotSequence (##) to do the following:

c = {x1, x2};

T = Array[t[##] @@ c &, {2, 2}]
{
 {t[1, 1][x1, x2], t[1, 2][x1, x2]}, 
 {t[2, 1][x1, x2], t[2, 2][x1, x2]}
}

Taking partial derivatives w.r.t. to one of the coordinates (just to name an example) then works as expected:

D[T, x1]

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