Mathematics 460, Section 500, Fall, 2013
Tensors and General Relativity
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Homework exercises (These are not to be turned in except as
announced. Uncollected problems, or questions inspired by them, may show
up later on exams.)
- Chapter 1: 3, 5, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19 (Turn in 18 and 19 on Sept. 4.)
Also: Answer the 3 questions on pp. 5-6 of the notes (2 "canards" and one
"topic for class discussion"). If you want to use concrete numbers in the Lorentz
contraction-dilation discussion, I suggest taking speed 3/5. Turn in these essays on
("Essay" does not mean a major, multipage production, but it should be a paragraph
in intelligible English.)
- Chapter 2: 12, 13, 16, 19, 21, 22, 24, 30 (Turn in 19 and 24 on Sept.
13. It may help to do 21 before 19.)
- Chapter 3: 4, 6, 9, 13, 16, 21 (No written homework.)
- Chapter 4: None (We will not "cover" this chapter, but you will want
to read it at least superficially to assure continuity with the later
- Chapter 5: 2, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 20, 22 (No written homework.)
- Chapter 6: 7, 9, 13, 18, 23, 25, 32, 33
Also: Calculate the Christoffel symbols for the Robertson-Walker
metric (12.13). (Work in pairs! One of you should use the geodesic
Lagrangian method (see notes, pp. 41-42), and the other should check the
results with eq. (5.75). (Trade jobs halfway through.) Turn in one
paper (on Christoffel symbols) per pair on Oct. 18.) You will need the results
as input into a later
assignment. Note that Omega is not a coordinate,
but a shorthand for the two angular coordinates collectively.
- Now find the Christoffel symbols for the static, spherically
(see Exercise 6.35 of Schutz or p. 77 of notes;
note that Omega is not a coordinate,
but a shorthand for the two angular coordinates collectively).
Work in pairs. Due Oct. 28.
- Chapter 7: 2, 7 [omit (iii)] , 10 (See next line for instructions.
10(b): There are 4 types of symmetries: space translations, time
translation, rotations, Lorentz boosts.)
- Chapter 8: 4, 5, 9, 18 (From Chapters 7 and 8, turn in only
Exercises 7.7, 7.10, and 8.18. These are tough, so 2/3 of the points will
be "extra credit" -- that is, the actual maximum point value of all homework will
be 120, not 100. I'll accept papers
any time before the end of classes (Monday, Dec. 2).)
- Chapter 12: 1, 4, 8, 20, 21
Also: For the Robertson-Walker metric, calculate the Riemann tensor
(20 independent components), Ricci tensor, Ricci curvature scalar, and
Check that the last obeys the conservation law (contracted Bianchi
identity). (Work in pairs and turn in one paper per pair on Nov. 15.)
- Now we need all the same stuff for the static, spherically symmetric metric
(Work in pairs; due Nov. 22.)
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