By T. Y. Lam

ISBN-10: 0387975233

ISBN-13: 9780387975238

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The statement that ∇f X Y = f ∇X Y is sufficient to ensure that we will not run into any trouble from the transformation matrix applied to the vector X getting differentiated when we change coordinates. 175) where X and Y are arbitrary vector fields, and the bracket [X, Y ] is simply the commutator of vector fields, giving another vector. 176) where X(Y f ) just means the directed derivative of Y f along X. If we define W = [X, Y ], then in components we have W i = X j ∂j Y i − Y j ∂j X i . 177) One easily verifies by explicitly changing to a new coordinate system that W i indeed transforms in the proper manner for the components of a vector.

The typical cases will be t = 0 if we are doing Riemannian geometry, and t = 1 in special or general relativity. The second remark is to note that εi1 ···in is not given by raising the indices on ε i1 ···in using inverse metrics. This is the one and only exception to the otherwise universal rule that when we use the same symbol on an object with upstairs indices and an object with downstairs indices, the former is related to the latter by raising the indices with inverse metrics. The third remark is that εi1 ···in is a tensor density of weight −1.

147) Note that another way of writing this, using the chain rule, is dxj ∂j V i = 0 . 148) Now let us consider the generalisation of this concept of parallel transport to an arbitrary manifold. 148)? 148) wouldn’t make sense in general, since they are not tensorial equations. 148) by ∇i ; this is in fact the only possible change that can give us a covariantly-transforming equation. Thus we write the parallel-transport equation as dxj dxj DV i ≡ ∇j V i = (∂j V i + Γi jk V k ) = 0 . 148). When one is in a general curved space, rather than Euclidean space, it is necessary to define what one means by parallel transport.

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