@#27:
Thank you very much. I will study these in greater detail.
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Section 1 has no bearing on the subject.

How can the general case be irrelevant to the special case?
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This is not how things are done. You start with the correct metric, you construct the associated metric tensor and you calculate the appropriate Christoffel symbols. If you do all this correctly you will get two (not three) very simple equations that are identical to the ones already shown in post 6.
Covariant derivatives and lagrangian methods, if done correctly, should produce the same results.

The main problem I have with accepting this is that those two equations alone cannot give an expression of the angular velocity of a circular orbit at a paticular radius. If I am mistaken on this point, please show a derivation of such an expression from those two equations.