By Bernard Schutz
Readability, clarity and rigor mix within the moment version of this widely-used textbook to supply step one into common relativity for undergraduate scholars with a minimum heritage in arithmetic. issues inside of relativity that fascinate astrophysical researchers and scholars alike are covered.
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Such a summed index is called a dummy index, and relabeling a dummy index (as we have done, replacing β by γ ) is often a useful tool in tensor algebra. There is only one thing we should not replace the dummy index β with: a Latin index. The reason is that Latin indices can (by our convention) only take the values 1, 2, 3, whereas β must be able to equal zero as well. Thus, the expressions α¯ β xβ and α¯ i xi x0 + α¯ are not the same; in fact we have α¯ β xβ = α¯ 0 i xi . 5) Eq. 4) is really four different equations, one for each value that α¯ can assume.
It is not possible to define ‘space’ uniquely since different observers identify different sets of events to be simultaneous (Fig. 5). But there is still a distinction between space and time, since temporal increments enter s2 with the opposite sign from spatial ones. 12 (b) (a) A line of simultaneity in O is tangent to the hyperbola at P. (b) The same tangency as seen ¯. 8 Particularly important results In order to use the hyperbolae to derive the effects of time dilation and Lorentz contraction, as we do in the next section, we must point out a simple but important property of the tangent to the hyperbolae.
Unless we say otherwise, a ‘vector’ is always a four-vector. g. g. A. t 36 Vector analysis in special relativity That is, its components transform the same way the coordinates do. g. 8368, π )) in some frame; then its components in all other frames are uniquely determined. 8) ⎭ μA → (μA0 , μA1 , μA2 , μA3 ). O Thus, vectors add by the usual parallelogram rule. Notice that we can give any four numbers to make a vector, except that if the numbers are not dimensionless, they must all have the same dimensions, since under a transformation they will be added together.
A first course in general relativity by Bernard Schutz