8.962 | Spring 2020 | Graduate

General Relativity

Video Lectures

Lecture 5: The Stress Energy Tensor and the Christoffel Symbol

Description: More on the stress-energy tensor: symmetries and the physical meaning of stress-energy components in a given representation. Differential formulation of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum. Prelude to curvature: special relativity and tensor analyses in curvilinear coordinates. The Christoffel symbol and covariant derivatives.

Instructor: Prof. Scott Hughes

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Spring 2020
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