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Question 17 in section 2.9 in Schutz's A First Course in GR

  1. Dec 23, 2015 #1

    MathematicalPhysicist

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    The question is as follows:

    Prove that any timelike vector for which ##U^0>0## and ##\vec{U}\cdot \vec{U} = -1## is the 4-velocity of some world line.

    I need to show that there exists a 4-vector ##\vec{x}##, s.t ##\frac{d\vec{x}}{d\tau} = \vec{U}##, where ##\vec{x}## is a world line of some particle.

    So far what I have done is: since ##\vec{U}\cdot \frac{d\vec{U}}{d\tau} = 0##, so we have:

    $$dU^0/d\tau = U^1/U^0 dU^1/d\tau + U^2/U^0dU^2/d\tau + U^3/U^0 dU^3/d\tau$$

    I used the fact that ##U^0>0##, so I can divide by it above.

    We also have: ##dx^\mu/d\tau = U^\mu ##. How to continue? Any ideas?

    This is not for homework, I am self studying GR and QFT.
     
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  3. Dec 23, 2015 #2

    PeterDonis

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    Even if it's not technically homework for you, it's a problem that is often assigned as homework, so I have moved this thread to the homework forum.
     
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