Tensors and Relativity: Assignment 6

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Peter Dunsby Room 310a Applied Mathematics


  • (1) Consider the integral

    evaluated along some path connecting fixed points A and B in spacetime. Here f is regarded as a function of 8 independent variables and . By varying the path , show that A is extremized for

    where . These are the Euler- Lagrange equations.

     

  • (2) Prove that the geodesic equation

    holds for any parameter along the curve such that , being the proper time measured along the curve.

    Hint!

     

  • (3) Using the usual coordinate transformations from Cartesian to spherical polars, calculate the metric on the surface of a sphere of unit radius. Find the inverse metric.

    Hint!

     

  • (4) Calculate the Riemann curvature tensor of the surface of a sphere of unit radius using the result of the previous problem.

    [ Note that in two dimensions the Riemann tensor has only one independent component, so calculate and obtain all other components in terms of it.]

    Hint!

     

  • (5) Calculate the Riemann curvature tensor of the surface of a cylinder. You should find that it is flat.

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  • (6a) Show that covariant differentiation obeys the usual product rule,

     

    (6b) Prove that

    where .

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  • (7) Show that if and are parallel- transported along a curve, then is constant along the curve. Deduce that a geodesic that is spacelike/timelike/null somewhere, remains so everywhere.

    Hint!

     

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