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Help! Covariant Derivative of Ricci Tensor the hard way.

  1. Mar 3, 2012 #1
    I am trying to calculate the covariant derivative of the Ricci Tensor the way Einstein did it, but I keep coming up with

    [itex]\nabla_{μ}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]=[itex]\frac{∂}{∂x^{μ}}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]-2[itex]\Gamma^{α}_{μ\gamma}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]

    or


    [itex]\nabla_{μ}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]=[itex]\frac{∂}{∂x^{μ}}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]-[itex]\Gamma^{α}_{μ\gamma}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]-[itex]\Gamma^{β}_{μ\gamma}[/itex]R[itex]_{αβ}[/itex]

    Any assistance will be much appreciated.
     
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