# A Short Course in General Relativity by James Foster, J. D. Nightingale

By James Foster, J. D. Nightingale

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In the figure below, points on the different axes that intersect the same circle must be the same number of units from the origin. Furthermore, a 90° rotation even allows us to calibrate the x- and y-axes of the same frame. 51 Calibration y ........... ~alibration .. circles \ \, \\ J ! 5 The product of two rotations is another rotation; specifically, R(} . Rq; = RHq;. In other words, to multiply two rotations, add their angles. Furthermore, Ro = I, the identity matrix, and R; 1 = R_(}. PROOF: Exercises.

1. Assume that we are in empty space, so p = °and J = O. 2. Consider the following derivation (where subscripts denote partial derivatives): E tt a = -at (" x H) =" x Ht (" x H = Maxwell's equations ~~ + J, but J = 0 ) Change to G's frame 24 _____________C_ha~p_Urr __l__a_e_m_ti_·v_i~~~B_e_~_ore __l_9_0_5__________________________ (V x E= - aa~) = -V x (V x E) = -'1('1 . E) + '12E (calculus identity) ='1 2E = (V· E = p = 0) a2 a2 a2) ( ax2 + ay2 + az2 E. 3. The second-order partial differential equation E tt = '12E is called the wave equation; it must hold for each component E = Ei of the electric vector E: Ett = Exx + Eyy + Ezz .

The equation BvU = AuUbecomes The last equality requires that c + d = a + b = Au. Similarly, = c b) ( = c - b) = BvD (a d 1) -1 (a - d AD ( 1 ) -1 requires that -(c - d) = a - b = AD. This gives us two equations a + b = c + d, =a, c= =(a ab) =(aav that then imply d at this stage we have B v b a - b = -c +d b. Since we already know that av) a =a(1v v). 1 Einstein's Solution 39 1b determine the remaining coefficient, a, we use the condition B;;l = B- v = FBvF. First rewrite this as Bv = FB;;l F and then calculate the determinant: Condition: Bv "flipped" is B- v det(Bv) = det(FB; 1F) = det(F) det(B; 1 ) det(F) = -1 .