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Christoffel Symbols

  1. Oct 21, 2007 #1
    Hey Guys,

    I'm new here on the forum, and I hope someone can help me out.
    I'm solving one of my GR homework exercises and I'm asked to find the christoffel symbols corresponding to cylindrical coordinates.
    I'll post my work and please correct if you see mistakes.
    I found the metric to be dR^2 + (R^2)(dtheta^2) + dZ^2
    1 0 0
    0 R^-2 0
    0 0 1

    Can somebody kind of explain to me how to proceed with these calculations?

    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2007
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  3. Oct 21, 2007 #2


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    You'll have to explain how you got that strange result before anyone can help. Where did the e come from?
  4. Oct 21, 2007 #3
    Hey I'm sorry, I was writing the topic and the second part I copied from my other homework assignment, sorry I'm gonna fix that.

    Until the "matrix" Gab is what I did, but I'm not very sure how to calculate the christoffel from there, can you help me?
  5. Oct 21, 2007 #4


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    You calculate the christoffel by evaluating a summation of partial derivatives of the metric times the inverse metric. Again, you are not giving us much to go on.
  6. Oct 21, 2007 #5
    Okay, but I put the metric I found. As you said, to calculate the symbols it's only necessary the Metric and the inverse metric, the inverse metric is calculated straight from the metric right? So I believe we have everything that is needed, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
  7. Oct 21, 2007 #6


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    I think so. If you are going wrong, you haven't done so yet.
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