Basic Vectors in Relativity

  • David A. de Wolf Virginia Tech (retired)

Abstract

Basis vectors e(_alpha) play a useful role in special and general relativity. In particular they allow an expansion of the vectorial spacetime interval ds along infinitesimal curvilinear coordinate differences: ds = e(_alpha)(unit-xi), thus the conventional definition Usually a second coordinate system is needed to obtain explicit expressions for basis vectors. In this work, single-coordinate-system expressions for basis vectors [Eqs. (10) and (14)] are derived. Applications to nonorthogonal coordinate systems are worked out.

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Published
2021-03-30
How to Cite
DE WOLF, David A.. Basic Vectors in Relativity. European Journal of Physics Education, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 15-23, mar. 2021. ISSN 1309-7202. Available at: <http://eu-journal.org/index.php/EJPE/article/view/288>. Date accessed: 20 apr. 2021.
Section
Classroom Physics