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## Homework Statement

Starting off with a general axisymmetric metric:

[tex]ds^{2}=g_{tt}dt^{2}+2g_{t\phi }dtd\phi + g_{\phi \phi }d\phi^{2} +g_{rr}dr^2 + g_{\theta \theta }d\theta ^2...\left ( 1 \right )[/tex]

where the metric components are functions of r and theta only.

I have deduced (using Euler-Lagrange equations) that:

[tex]E=g_{tt}\frac{dt}{d\tau}+g_{t\theta }\frac{d\phi}{d\tau}...\left ( 2 \right )\\

L=g_{t\phi }\frac{dt}{d\tau}+g_{\phi \phi}\frac{d\phi}{d\tau}...\left ( 3 \right )[/tex]

where E and L are constants.

I am required to derive:

[tex]g_{rr}\left (\frac{dr}{d\tau} \right )^{2}+g_{\phi \phi}\left (\frac{d\theta }{d\tau} \right )^{2}=V_{eff}\left ( r,\theta ,E,L \right )[/tex]

which is where I get stuck.

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

Dividing (1) by d(tau)^2 and substituting (2) and (3), and rearranging gives:

[tex]g_{rr}\left (\frac{dr}{d\tau} \right )^{2}+g_{\phi \phi}\left (\frac{d\theta }{d\tau} \right )^{2}=\left (\frac{ds}{d\tau} \right )^{2}-E\frac{dt}{d\tau}-L\frac{d\phi}{d\tau}[/tex]

upon which I am unsure how to proceed.

I tried solving (2) and (3) simultaneously but to no avail.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.