By Dr Robert B. Scott

This entire pupil handbook has been designed to accompany the major textbook by way of Bernard Schutz, a primary path often Relativity, and makes use of particular strategies, cross-referenced to numerous introductory and extra complex textbooks, to let self-learners, undergraduates and postgraduates to grasp normal relativity via challenge fixing. definitely the right accompaniment to Schutz's textbook, this guide courses the reader step by step via over two hundred routines, with transparent easy-to-follow derivations. It presents specified suggestions to just about half Schutz's workouts, and comprises one hundred twenty five fresh supplementary difficulties that handle the delicate issues of every bankruptcy. It encompasses a accomplished index and collects valuable mathematical effects, equivalent to transformation matrices and Christoffel symbols for in most cases studied spacetimes, in an appendix. Supported by means of an internet desk categorising workouts, a Maple worksheet and an teachers' guide, this article presents a useful source for all scholars and teachers utilizing Schutz's textbook.

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20) At this point we may relabel dummy indices and replace β with α, pα ω˜ α = Λαα¯ pα ω˜ α¯ . 21) Because the equality above must hold for arbitrary p˜ it is clear that we require ω˜ α = Λαα¯ ω˜ α¯ . 5 below. 10 (a) Given a frame O whose coordinates are {x α }, show that ∂x α /∂x β = δ αβ . Solution: Let’s use an asterix to denote an arbitrary but ﬁxed index, like α∗. When α∗ β∗, then x α∗ and x β∗ are independent variables and of course ∂x α∗ /∂x β∗ = 0. But when α∗ = β∗ then x α∗ = x β∗ are the very same variable and of course ∂x α∗ /∂x α∗ = 1.

5) On the LHS of eqn. 5) we have a one-form, say s˜ = α(p˜ + q), ˜ where s˜ is the one-form such that ˜ V ) + q( ˜ V) s˜ (V ) = α · (p˜ + q)( ˜ V ) = α · p( = α p( ˜ V ) + α q( ˜ V ). used eqn. 6) On the RHS of eqn. 5) we have a one-form, say s˜ = α p˜ + α q, ˜ such that s˜ (V ) = (α p˜ + α q)( ˜ V ) = α p( ˜ V ) + α q( ˜ V) = s˜ (V ). used eqn. 2) used eqn. 7) So because s˜ and s˜ are one-forms that evaluate to the same real number when they operate on the same vector V , we conclude s˜ = s˜ and eqn.

10b) Schutz Eq. 10c) Schutz Eq. 15) Solution: We start with the respective Lorentz transformations of the vector and oneform, and then use the inverse property of the two Lorentz transformations. Summing over the dummy index results in the desired expression. In particular, Aα¯ pα¯ = (Λα¯β Aβ )(Λ = = μ α¯ pμ ), μ α¯ (Λ α¯ Λ β ) (Aβ pμ ), μ δ β (Aβ pμ ), = A pβ . β by Schutz Eqs. 9) respectively just rearranged the terms by eqn. 6 Consider the basis {eα } of a frame O and a basis {λ˜ 0 , λ˜ 1 , λ˜ 2 , λ˜ 3 } for the space of one-forms, with λ˜ 0 → (1, 1, 0, 0), λ˜ 1 → (1, −1, 0, 0), λ˜ 2 → (0, 0, 1, −1), λ˜ 3 → (0, 0, 1, 1).