Hi guys. I'm taking a GR course right now, my first one. I was reading the textbook and I was wondering if you guys could help me out just to make sure I'm getting things straight here. I'm reading about the metric tensor, and I'm pretty sure I am expected to know what the metric tensor for a given spacetime is, if the line element if given to me. So, say we have this line element: ds2=ev(r)dt2-e[tex]\lambda[/tex](r)dr2-r2(d[tex]\theta[/tex]2+sin2[tex]\theta[/tex]d[tex]\phi[/tex]2) Is the metric tensor simply the coefficients of each differential arranged in the diagonal of a matrix, with the rest of the elements in it equal to zero? Or am I way off here? NOTE: The Thetas and the phi in the expression are not supposed to be exponentials, I don't know why they came out that way.