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About the Einstein tensor

  1. Mar 12, 2008 #1
    What are the appropriate units for the left half of the GR equation? Meters? square meters..? To put it another way, what exactly is being quantified?
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  3. Mar 12, 2008 #2


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    The same as the right hand side, [tex]\kappa T^{\mu\nu}[/tex]
  4. Mar 13, 2008 #3


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    It's a measurement of curvature, in [tex]m^{-2}[/tex].
  5. Mar 13, 2008 #4
    Thanks, Ich. That's the answer I was looking for.
  6. Mar 13, 2008 #5


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    I guess Mentz114 just wanted to motivate you to find it out yourself. It's not difficult.
  7. Mar 13, 2008 #6


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    Note that Ich's answer assumes that geometric units are being used, which is very common, but perhaps not quite universal.
  8. Mar 14, 2008 #7


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    I double-checked and found the units to be SI-consistent, as long as T is measured in J/m³.
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