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1. ### A problem with Wald's General Relativity

But yes, you can, since μ and ν are not Lorentz indices, and the first theorem (that v^a = ∂_b s^{ab}) only makes a statement about Lorentz indices. U is antisymmetric in the first and second index, and separately in the third and fourth, but not in the first and third. So only in that case...
2. ### Coordinate matters

True, but that's not a point on the manifold (sure you meant φ=2π, no?). My φ coordinate is in the range [0, 2π), so it includes 0 but excludes 2π. So everything ok there. (if you want strictest mathematical rigor: φ ∊ ℝ/{2πℤ})
3. ### Coordinate matters

With mathematical theorems you must be careful in intepretation, they assure only and exactly only what they state. For each manifold of dimension n (so in my toy example n=2) there is an atlas containing n+1 charts, so you don't need more. Of course you can take more if you wish, and there are...
4. ### A problem with Wald's General Relativity

Yes, with your notation T^{ab} comes out zero. With the notation I proposed also, I see it now. But note that in the original problem the derivatives should act on the first and third index of U, so that T doesn't vanish. So you should take W^c_{μν} = ∂_d U^c_μ^d_ν, sorry for the confusion before.
5. ### Coordinate matters

Which point is not covered by the coordinate system I gave you?
6. ### Coordinate matters

So now you know that there are intrinsically curved manifolds where you only need one chart. The topology doesn't fully specify the metric; there are infinitely many possibilities to bestow a given topological manifold with a metric. We didn't understand each other saying "trivial" :) There...
7. ### Pell's Equation

Yes, I see. I'm sorry, don't know more. From n = 3/2 +- 1/2 \sqrt{2/3 ( m^2 - 5/2 )}, you see that 2/3 ( m^2 - 5/2 ) must be a perfect odd square for n to be integer, so you can equally solve 2/3 ( m^2 - 5/2 ) = (2k+1)^2, with k = 0,1,2,... This can be reexpressed as m = +- \sqrt{6 k^2 + 6 k...
8. ### A problem with Wald's General Relativity

The original theorem was that for any v^a with d_a v^a = 0, there is an antisymmetric tensor s^{ab} such that v^a = d_b s^{ab} = - d_b s^{ba}. So you should have T^a_μ = ∂_c W^{ac}_μ, which is minus the result you gave. Of course you can always redefine W to be -W, but let's stick with mine for...
9. ### Pell's Equation

Ok, integer values and Pell's equation, I refer you to https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=78855 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakravala_method
10. ### Pell's Equation

For which variable should you solve? I assume for n, then from 3/2 (2n-3)^2 + 5/2 = m^2 I get (2n-3)^2 = 2/3 ( m^2 - 5/2 ) and then 2n-3 = +- \sqrt{2/3 ( m^2 - 5/2 )}, so n = 3/2 +- 1/2 \sqrt{2/3 ( m^2 - 5/2 )}. If you should solve for m, m = +- \sqrt{3/2 (2n-3)^2 + 5/2}. But since that's...
11. ### A problem with Wald's General Relativity

Could you show your calculation in a bit more detail, please? Otherwise it is difficult seeing where you went wrong, as I haven't done the calculation.
12. ### Coordinate matters

I don't want to offend you in any way, if you felt I have done this. But it seems to me that you don't understand some (subtle) points, and I want to explain them to you. I may have misinterpreted your statement you gave in your post before the last, but to me you were stating that H is a...
13. ### Coordinate matters

The parameter H is intrinsically defined in de Sitter space: it's R/12 in the four-dimensional case, where R is the curvature scalar. I don't need any embedding for it, period. If you want to embed de Sitter space, then H is the radius as seen from the embedding space, but H is not a...
14. ### Coordinate matters

True; technically this is a coordinate singularity is you use polar coordinates for the sphere. However, you can for example obtain its area by integrating dA = sin θ dθ dφ over the whole sphere, and so it's an integrable singularity. Those typically don't cause any problems, so let's include...
15. ### Coordinate matters

(To avoid confusion: space in the following is short for spacetime.) Global coordinates for me are coordinates that cover the whole manifold, p.ex. cartesian coordinates for Minkowski space. Every point of Minkowski space is described by one coordinate tuple (x,y,z,t), and to every coordinate...
16. ### 2 Quant. questions (expanding an abitrary state, transition amplitude?)

Before introducing the sum over b', you should apply cos(A) on the state |a'>, that's why I put it in parentesis. Coming from the definition, you get cos(A) |a'> = Σ_{n=0}^∞ (-1)^n/(2 n)! A^(2n) |a'> = Σ_{n=0}^∞ (-1)^n/(2 n)! (a')^(2n) |a'> = cos(a') |a'>. Then write |a'> = Σ_(b') |b'> <b'|a'>...
17. ### Electrodynamics in two space dimensions :-(

Don't know if I have seen you, but if you were born in 1986, that's possible ... you have a private message.
18. ### Partial differential equation

λ is fixed. You either have λ > 0 or λ < 0, so you have either the solution with exp[√(λ) x] or the one with the sines and cosines. Apart from that, you are correct but for one (I assume) typo: it's not exp[√(λx)] but exp[√(λ) x]. (PS: Of course you could also have λ = 0, but that appears...
19. ### 2 Quant. questions (expanding an abitrary state, transition amplitude?)

Normally you would normalize the position eigenstates such that <x'|x> = δ(x-x'), so that you get |x> = ∫ |x'> <x'|x> dx' = ∫ |x'> δ(x-x') dx' = |x>, which is a tautology. I don't quite get the reasoning behind the first question, expand a position eigenstate in terms of position eigenstates...
20. ### Electrodynamics in two space dimensions :-(

In your derivation of the EOM, you got some indices wrong and forgot an A^μ. Maybe there are also sign or coefficient errors, haven't checked it in detail. I propose you to redo it in more detail. For the next step, derive your EOM once and calculate ( θ η^{μν} - ε^{μνα} ∂_α ) J_ν using your...
21. ### Coordinate matters

One could argue that Doppler redshift is no "real" redshift, but I don't think that discussion is necessary. And gravitational redshift can have two causes: the expansion of spacetime or the "climbing out" from a static mass source in a static background. Both should be distinguished in a...
22. ### Separable First Order ODE

We have tan(a+b) = [ tan a + tan b ]/[ 1 - tan a tan b ], which can be derived using the addition theorems for sine and cosine. And, if you derive r² + s = c(1 - r² s), you should get 2 r dr + ds = - c (2 r dr s) - c (r² ds), so ( 1 + c s ) 2 r dr + ( 1 + c r² ) ds = 0, which after substituting...
23. ### Coordinate matters

Since the Milne universe is a patch of the static Minkowski spacetime, it must be static also, as I said before. However, it's not geodesically complete, that's one thing. The second thing is that an observer "at rest" in the Milne universe (i.e. constant spatial coordinates) is accelerated, and...
24. ### Adding Electric Fields

So now, how do you calculate the absolute value of a complex number? And its argument? That's just converting from cartesian to polar coordinates in the complex plane (if we ignore the factor e^(-iωt) which you can set apart). (The only non-trivial part apart from that conversion will be using...
25. ### Separable First Order ODE

Don't forget brackets in writing, it may confuse people. We have ∫ -2r/(r⁴+1) dr = ∫ 1/(s²+1) ds. The left integral gives -arctan(r²), the right arctan(s), so c - arctan(r²) = arctan(s). (You forgot the minus sign from the variable change). Taking the tangens on both sides and using the...
26. ### Stokes' Theorem formula question

I don't know what f is (as opposed to F), but yes, that should be it. (A comes from area, while S comes from surface - it is basically the same)
27. ### Simplify the follwoing Equation

I suppose this is V² d/dx (1/A d(Au)/dx) = d²u/dt², true? Then expand first before substituting, which gives d²u/dx² + d(ln A)/dx du/dx + d²(ln A)/dx² u = 1/V² d²u/dt². Now substitute to get d²u/dx² + 1/(x + 2/3) du/dx - 1/(x + 2/3)² u = 1/V² d²u/dt², which I think is about as simple as it gets...
28. ### Critical Points

Well, just express the cosine by the sine using the Pythagorean identity to get f'(x) = -2 sin x + 2 - 4 sin² x, which is a polynomial in z = sin x with roots z = -1/4 ± 3/4. Then you calculate the x corresponding to those values of sin x. That's a standard trick to solve trigonometric equations...
29. ### Critical Points

You made an error: We have cos² θ + sin² θ = 1, but 4 cos² θ - 1 = 4 (1 - sin² θ) - 1 = 3 - 4 \sin² θ. Instead you should simply set 4 cos² θ - 1 = 0, which gives you cos θ = ±½.
30. ### Finding normal coordinates

So now it's time for me also to ask a question :) Homework Statement I want to calculate a propagator for a coupled (degenerate) system, but somehow it's not possible to find normal coordinates. Maybe they don't exist, could be possible, it's been a time since I did that stuff...