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Please help me make this expansion without overloading indices

  1. Aug 14, 2014 #1
    This expression:

    [itex]\Gamma[/itex]avc[itex]\Gamma[/itex]cab

    Can someone please show me how to multiply the two Christoffel symbol formulas for these Christoffel symbols without overloading any indices?
     
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  3. Aug 14, 2014 #2

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    I would do this as two separate sums. If you sum over "a" first, you get [tex]\Gamma^a_{vc}\Gamma^d_{ab}= \Gamma^1_{vc}\Gamma^c_{1b}+ \Gamma^2_{vc}\Gamma^c_{2b}+ \Gamma^3_{vc}\Gamma^c_{ab}+ \Gamma^4_{vc}\Gamma^c_{4b}[/tex]

    Now, in each of those replace c with 1, 2, 3, and 4. There will be a sum of 16 such products. The first four are [tex]\Gamma^1_{vc}\Gamma^c_{1b}= \Gamma^1_{v1}\Gamma^2_{1b}+ \Gamma^1_{v2}\Gamma^2_{1b}+ \Gamma^1_{v3}\Gamma^3_{1b}+ \Gamma^1_{v4}\Gamma^4_{1b}[/tex].
     
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