By Bernard Schutz
Readability, clarity and rigor mix within the moment variation of this widely-used textbook to supply step one into basic relativity for undergraduate scholars with a minimum historical past in arithmetic. subject matters inside relativity that fascinate astrophysical researchers and scholars alike are covered.
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Explain why this conclusion is valid. 75 in the negative x direction relative to O. Draw the spacetime diagram of O¯ and in it depict the experiment performed by O. Does O¯ conclude that particle detectors sent out their signals simultaneously? If not, which signal was sent first? (d) Compute the interval s2 between the events at which the detectors emitted their ¯ signals, using both the coordinates of O and those of O. 6 Show that Eq. 2) contains only Mαβ + Mβα when α = β, not Mαβ and Mβα independently.
That is, Aα Bα and T γ Eγ α are shorthand for the summations 3 3 Aα Bα and α=0 T γ Eγ α , γ =0 while Aα Bβ , T γ Eβα , and Aβ Aβ do not represent sums on any index. The Lorentz transformation, Eq. 4) saving some messy writing. 1 This is what some books on linear algebra call a ‘passive’ transformation: the coordinates change, but the vector does not. 1 Definition of a vector Notice that Eq. 4) is identically equal to xα¯ = α¯ γ xγ . Since the repeated index (β in one case, γ in the other) merely denotes a summation from 0 to 3, it doesn’t matter what letter is used.
Similarly, O¯ has basis vectors e0¯ → (1, 0, 0, 0), etc. O¯ Generally, e0¯ = e0 , since they are defined in different frames. The reader should verify that the definition of the basis vectors is equivalent to (eα )β = δα β . 10) That is, the β component of eα is the Kronocker delta: 1 if β = α and 0 if β = α. Any vector can be expressed in terms of the basis vectors. If A → (A0 , A1 , A2 , A3 ), O then A = A0 e0 + A1 e1 + A2 e2 + A3 e3 , A = Aα eα . 2 Vector algebra In the last line we use the summation convention (remember always to write the index on e as a subscript in order to employ the convention in this manner).
A first course in general relativity by Bernard Schutz