Geodesic deviation

  1. Can someone explain how to derive the formula for geodesic deviation? i didn't quite understand it. I'm using schtuz's book.
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  3. pervect

    pervect 8,009
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    You can try, for instance,

    This seems like a rather direct and straightforwards approach to me, even more direct than MTW's. Of course it is a bit mathematically impure, in that it assumes a convenient coordinate system, but I think assuming an inertial coordinate system for one of the observers makes the physics more apparent.
  4. The derivation I placed on my web page at

    started out being a translation from Ohanian's book to my web page. However it seemed to end up being Ohanian's book and part of what I had to say since Ohanian made somethings hard to understand there. Enjoy. Any problems then e-mail me so we can set straight if there is something wrong.

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