By Dr Robert B. Scott
This finished scholar handbook has been designed to accompany the major textbook by means of Bernard Schutz, a primary path usually Relativity, and makes use of exact recommendations, cross-referenced to numerous introductory and extra complex textbooks, to allow self-learners, undergraduates and postgraduates to grasp normal relativity via challenge fixing. the correct accompaniment to Schutz's textbook, this handbook publications the reader step by step via over two hundred routines, with transparent easy-to-follow derivations. It presents precise options to just about half Schutz's workouts, and comprises a hundred twenty five fresh supplementary difficulties that deal with the sophisticated issues of every bankruptcy. It contains a entire index and collects priceless mathematical effects, equivalent to transformation matrices and Christoffel symbols for usually studied spacetimes, in an appendix. Supported by way of a web desk categorising routines, 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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22). This algorithm to convert a four-velocity to three-velocity turns out to apply more generally, as is clear from the deﬁnition of four-velocity: dx . dτ For then we see in particular that U≡ Schutz Eq. 31) Ui dτ dx i dt dx i dx i , and U i = , so × = ≡ vi . 15(c). 12) (a) Show that the sum of any two orthogonal spacelike vectors is spacelike. Solution: Spacelike vectors have positive magnitude so here A · A > 0 and B · B > 0. By deﬁnition, orthogonal vectors have A · B = 0, so 30 Vector analysis in special relativity (A + B) · (A + B) = A · A + B · B + 2A · B = A · A + B · B > 0.
Alternatively, some students will be more comfortable with using linear algebra. One could write this out in matrix notation: ⎛ ⎞⎛ ⎞ ⎛ ⎞ 0 1 0 0 0 a0 ⎜0 1 0 0⎟ ⎜a1 ⎟ ⎜0⎟ ⎜ ⎟⎜ ⎟ ⎜ ⎟ ⎝0 0 1 0⎠ ⎝a2 ⎠ = ⎝0⎠ . 0 0 0 1 a3 0 It is a result of elementary linear algebra that this system has nontrivial solutions only if the determinant of the matrix is zero. But the determinant is +1. So there are no nontrivial solutions and thus the basis vectors must be linearly independent. Either of the above solutions are ﬁne.
Use conservation of four-momentum to deduce that the photon’s ﬁnal frequency νf is given by 1 1 1 − cos(θ ) . = +h νf νi m Schutz Eq. 32) Hint: One uses of course conservation of four-momentum giving three equations in three unknowns, φ, v, νf , where φ is the angle of the path of the scattered electron from the initial path of the photon, v is the speed of the electron, and νf is the frequency of the photon after scattering. We can treat the angle θ as known because the detector of the scattered radiation is placed at a known angle relative to the initial path of the photon.
A Student’s Manual for A First Course in General Relativity by Dr Robert B. Scott