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Request: Solved Problems in R.Geometry; Connections, etc.

  1. May 9, 2010 #1


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    Hi, everyone:

    I need to give a small presentation in front of a group of non-mathematicians
    on connections, and covariant differentiation; I can handle the thoery O.K-enough
    but I would like to have some solved problems/examples. Anyone know of a book
    or other sources with solved problems/examples on connections, riemannian geometry,
    say, books for physicists, etc.

    Thanks in Advance.
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  3. May 14, 2010 #2
    My copy seems not to be on my shelf at the moment, but I recall that Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation by Lightman et al has plenty of solved problems in this area. Any standard text on general relativity should also contain what you're looking for.
  4. May 14, 2010 #3


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    For me the simplest picture comes from differentiating vector fields in Euclidean space.
    Next simplest is the projection of the derivative onto a surface's tangent space. So give a vector field along a curve on a surface - differentiate is in some direction on the surface then project.

    Work out examples on the sphere, along a curve in Eucliean space, on a helicoid.

    You could then use the same examples to easily compute some geodesics.

    Books an elementary DG are full of examples e.g. Struck's History of Diff Geo.
  5. May 17, 2010 #4


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    I also remember that Thorne and Wheeler have an elementary book on GR called Black Holes. I think they work in concrete examples.
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