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What math do you need to know to solve EFE

  1. May 9, 2013 #1
    what math do you need to know to solve EFE and understand general relaitivity?
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  3. May 9, 2013 #2


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    EFE? For general relativity you need differential geometry and courses leading up to it, such as vector analysis, calculus, and differential equations.
  4. May 9, 2013 #3


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    Einstein's field theory? Tensor analysis- which is part of the differential geometry mathman mentioned. I would include "partial differential equations" though mathman probably intended to include that in "differential equations".
  5. May 9, 2013 #4
    I meant einstein field equations. Is that all you really need?
  6. May 9, 2013 #5


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    On the math front, yes. That's probably several years of college-level math after basic differential and integral calculus.

    You also need a solid understanding of classical mechanics and Minkowski 4-vector formulation of special relativity.
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