# Recent content by Tangent87

1. ### B The Universe vs Observable Universe

Thanks all. Think it makes sense to me now.
2. ### B The Universe vs Observable Universe

After reading the wikipedia article and looking at many other threads on this forum I am still having a hard time understanding the difference between the Observable universe and the entire universe... Why is the entire universe not observable to us? The Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years...
3. ### General Relativity - Killing Vectors and Geodesics

Ah I see thanks. I've worked it through now and it does come out, the key is to not try and differentiate out the brackets but just deduce that the stuff inside the brackets must be a constant.
4. ### General Relativity - Killing Vectors and Geodesics

Hmm okay, so now on the next line I get: \left(\frac{dv}{du}u^2\dot{u}\right)_{,u}\dot{u} + \left(\dot{v}u^2\right)_{,v}\dot{v}=\frac{d^2v}{du^2}u^2\dot{u}^2 + 2\frac{dv}{du}u\dot{u}^2 + \frac{dv}{du}u^2\ddot{u} + \ddot{v}u^2=0 Is that correct? Have you worked through it to the end sgd37?
5. ### General Relativity - Killing Vectors and Geodesics

It is, I got it from 2010 Part II paper 2 page 22: http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/pastpapers/2010/Part_II/PaperII_2.pdf [Broken]
6. ### General Relativity - Killing Vectors and Geodesics

Thank you for replying. Ok so when we put k^c=(0,1) in we get: 0=\left(\dot{x}^ag_{av}\right)_{,b}\dot{x}^b=\left(\dot{v}g_{vv}\right)_{,b}\dot{x}^b=\left(\dot{v}u^2\right)_{,b}\dot{x}^b=\left(\dot{v}u^2\right)_{,u}\dot{u}+\left(\dot{v}u^2\right)_{,v}\dot{v} So now are you saying that...
7. ### General Relativity - Killing Vectors and Geodesics

Hi, I'm stuck on the last bit the attached question where we're given the metric ds^2=-du^2+u^2dv^2 and have to use equation (*) to find the geodesic equations. They tell us to use V^a=\dot{x}^a the tangent vector to the geodesic and presumably we use the three killing vectors they gave us, so...
8. ### Schrodinger picture derivation

If you're not happy with separating variables you can always use an integrating factor: \LARGE \frac{d}{dt}\left(U(t)e^{iHt/{\hbar}}\right) = 0 So then: \LARGE U(t)e^{iHt/{\hbar}} = U(0) U(0) can be normalised to 1 therefore \LARGE U(t) = e^{-iHt/\hbar}
9. ### Quantum Mechanics - Identical and Non-Identical Spin 1 particles

Ah okay, that clears everything up, thanks again.
10. ### Quantum Mechanics - Identical and Non-Identical Spin 1 particles

So in order to have the wavefunction being antisymmetric would I need to have something like \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\psi_1(A)\psi_2(B)-\psi_2(A)\psi_1(B))? The only trouble I have with this is that the wavefunction now involves terms from the second energy level whilst we're only dealing with the...
11. ### Quantum Mechanics - Identical and Non-Identical Spin 1 particles

Hi, I am doing question 32D on page 18 here: http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/pastpapers/2005/Part_2/PaperII_3.pdf [Broken] and I am stuck on the second paragraph where we have to explain how to construct the two-particle states of lowest energy for (i). identical spin-1 particles with...
12. ### General Relativity - Riemann Tensor and Killing Vector Identity

Ahhh thanks, done it now. It seems I was definitely going about it the wrong way.
13. ### General Relativity - Riemann Tensor and Killing Vector Identity

Can anybody help me out with deriving the identity V_{a;b;c}=V_eR^e_{cba}? Forget about the EM stuff I don't care so much about that but I'd be very grateful for some help in deriving that identity. Thanks
14. ### Stuck with an Integral

Because the residue should be pi, not 2pi because when you close the semi-circular contour in the upper half plane you only go round the origin on an infinitesimal semi-circle so it's pi, it would be 2pi if we went all around the origin on a full circle but we don't in this case. (It might help...
15. ### General Relativity - Riemann Tensor and Killing Vector Identity

The problem is part of a larger question (see page 59 here http://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/pastpapers/2004/Part_2/list_II.pdf [Broken]) and I'm having trouble with the last bit as well where it goes into the EM stuff, I know it must obviously somehow relate to everything we've done above...