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There arc 3 crucial rules underlying normal relativity (OR). the 1st is that house time can be defined as a curved, 4-dimensional mathematical constitution referred to as a pscudo Ricmannian manifold. briefly, time and house jointly include a curved 4 dimensional non-Euclidean geometry. therefore, the practitioner of OR needs to be accustomed to the elemental geometrical houses of curved spacctimc. specifically, the legislation of physics has to be expressed in a kind that's legitimate independently of any coordinate method used to label issues in spacetimc.

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Killing vectors are, by definition, solutions of the differential equation ∇µ K ν + ∇ν K µ = 0 . ) The Killing equation (27) usually has no solutions, but for highly symmetric spacetime manifolds there may be 9 one or more solutions. It is a nice exercise to show that each Killing vector leads to the integral of motion V˜ , K = K µ Vµ = constant along a geodesic . (28) Note that if one of the basis vectors (for some basis) satisfies the Killing equation, then the corresponding component of the tangent one-form is an integral of motion.

Despite the appearance of a second (coordinate) basis, the commutator basis coefficients are independent of any other basis besides the orthonormal one. The coordinate basis is introduced solely for the convenience of partial differentiation with respect to the coordinates. The commutator basis coefficients carry information about how the tetrad rotates as one moves to nearby points in the manifold. It is useful practice to derive them for the orthonormal basis {erˆ, eθˆ} in the Euclidean plane. 3 Connection for an orthonormal basis The connection for the basis {eµˆ } is defined by ∂νˆ eµˆ ≡ Γαˆµˆ ˆ .

MTW eq. 14). Using equations (5), (12), and (13), one may show � � � µ α ˆ α α ν α ˆ α ˆ ω αˆµˆ ˆ E νˆ − ∇νˆ E µ ˆν = E α ∇µ ˆ = E µ ˆ E νˆ ∂µ E ν − ∂ν E µ � . (14) In general the commutator basis coefficients do not vanish. Despite the appearance of a second (coordinate) basis, the commutator basis coefficients are independent of any other basis besides the orthonormal one. The coordinate basis is introduced solely for the convenience of partial differentiation with respect to the coordinates. The commutator basis coefficients carry information about how the tetrad rotates as one moves to nearby points in the manifold.

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