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PU, M VECTOR ANALYSIS AND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY BY FRANCIS D. MURNAGHAN, M.A. (N.U.I.), PH.D. Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University. 546G58 BALTIMORE THE JOHNS HOPKINS PRESS 1922 JL\\t ^jnuitay ~i tinting Company lETTEIPIESS AND OFFSET One of the most striking effects of the publication of Ein- stein's papers on generalized relativity and of the discussions which arose in connection with the subsequent astronomical observations was to make students of physics renew their study of mathematics. At first they attempted to learn simply the technique, but soon there was a demand to understand more; real mathematical insight was sought. Unfortunately there were no books available, not even papers. Dr. Murnaghan's little book is a most successful attempt to supply what is a definite need. Every physicist can read it with profit. He will learn the meaning of a vector for the first time. He will learn methods which are available for every field of mathematical physics. He will see which of the processes used by Einstein and others are strictly mathematical and which are physical. Every chapter is illuminating, and the treatment of the subject is that of a student of mathematics and is not de- veloped ad hoc. The extension of surface and line integrals is most interesting for physicists and the discussion of the space relations in a four-dimensional geometry is one most needed. This is specially true concerning the case of point-symmetry which forms the basis of Einstein's formulae for gravitation as applied to the solar system. I feel personally that I owe to this book a great debt. I have read it with care and shall read it again. It has given me a definiteness of understanding which I never had before, and a vision of a field of knowledge which before was remote. JOSEPH S. AMES. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, June 1, 1921. in CONTENTS PAGE Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE THE TENSOR CONCEPT Spreads in Space of n Dimensions 4 Integral over a Spread of One Dimension 6 Integral over a Spread of Two or More Dimensions 7 Transformation of Coordinates 11 Covariant Tensors of Arbitrary Rank 15 Contravariant Tensors 16 Mixed Tensors 17 Invariants 18 CHAPTER TWO THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS The Rule of Linear Combination 21 The Rule of Interchange of Order of Components 22 The Simple Tensor Product 24 The Outer Product of Two Tensors of Rank One 25 The Rule of Composition or Inner Multiplication 25 Converse of the Rule of Composition 27 Applications of the Four Rules 29 Stokes' Generalised Lemma 33 Examples 34 The Curl of a Covariant Tensor of Rank One 34 Integral of an "Exact Differential" 35 Maxwell's Electromagnetic Potential 37 Lorentz's Retarded Potential 38 v VI CONTENTS PAGE CHAPTER THREE THE METRICAL CONCEPT The Metrical Idea in Geometry 40 The Reciprocal Quadratic Differential Form 41 The Transformation of the Determinant of the Form 43 The Invariant of Space-Content 46 The Divergence of a Contra variant Tensor of Rank One ... 47 The Magnitude of a Covariant Tensor of Rank One 48 The First and Second Differential Parameters 48 General Orthogonal Coordinates 49 The Special or Restricted Vector Analysis .' 50 Four- Vectors and Six- Vectors 51 Reciprocal Relationship between Alternating Tensors 52 Reciprocal Six- Vectors 53 CHAPTER FOUR THE RESOLUTION or TENSORS The Unit Direction Tensor 54 Angle between Two Curves 55 Coordinate Lines 56 Orthogonal Coordinates 57 Resolution of a Covariant Tensor of Rank One 57 Coordinate Spreads of n 1 Dimensions 58 The Normal Direction-Tensor to a Spread F_i 59 The Resolution of a Contra variant Tensor of Rank One ... 63 Application to General Orthogonal Coordinates 64 Oblique Cartesian Coordinates 65 Genesis of the Term "Tensor" 66 General Statement of Green's Fundamental Lemma 67 Normal and Directional Derivatives 68 The Direction of a Covariant Tensor of Rank One 68 The Invariant Element of Content of a Spread V^-i 70 The Mixed Differential Parameter . . 70 CONTENTS Vll PAGE Uniqueness Theorems in Mathematical Physics ........... 71 Application to Maxwell's Equations ...................... 72 The Electromagnetic Covariant Tensor-Potential ......... 73 The Current Contravariant Tensor ...................... 74 Maxwell's Equation in General Curvilinear Coordinates. ... 76 The Constitutive Relation B = pH ...................... 77 CHAPTER FIVE INTEGRAL INVARIANTS AND MOVING CIRCUITS Definition of an Integral Invariant ...................... 79 Relative Integral Invariants ............................ 80 General Criterion of Invariance ......................... 81 Faraday's Law for a Moving Circuit .................... 82 The Mechanical-Force Covariant Tensor ................. 85 CHAPTER SIX THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS The Calculus of Variations ............................. 86 Geodesies of a Metrical Space ........................... 88 The Christoffel Three-Index Symbols .................... 89 Covariant Differentiation .............................. 90 Applications .......................................... 94 The Riemann Four-Index Symbols ...................... 95 Einstein's Covariant Gravitational Tensor ............... 95 Gaussian Curvature ................................... 95 Definition of Euclidean Space ........................... 99 Riemann's Definition of Curvature ...................... 100 The Differential Character of the Definitions ............. 101 CHAPTER SEVEN PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY The Einstein Concept of a Physical Space ................ 102 The Single Gravitating Center (Statical) ................. 103 Viu CONTENTS PAGE Hypotheses of Symmetry 105 The Einstein-Schwarzschild Metrical Form 109 Einstein's Law of Inertia 110 Modification of the Newtonian Law of Gravitation 113 The Motion of Mercury's Perihelion 118 The Law of Light-Propagation 118 Minimal Geodesies 119 The Fermat-Huyghens' Principle of Least Time 121 Deviation of a Ray of Light which Grazes the Sun 125 PREFACE. This monograph is the outcome of a short course of lectures delivered, during the summer of 1920, to members of the graduate department of mathematics of The Johns Hopkins University. Considerations of space have made it somewhat condensed in form, but it is hoped that the mode of presentation is sufficiently novel to avoid some of the difficulties of the subject. It is our opinion that it is to the physicist, rather than to the mathe- matician, that we must look for the conquest of the secrets of nature and so it is to the physicist that this little book is addressed. The progress in both subjects during the last half century has been so remarkable that we cannot hope for investi- gators like Kelvin and Helmholtz who are equally masters of either. But this makes it, all the more, the pleasure and duty of the mathematician to adapt his powerful methods to the needs of the physicist and especially to explain these methods in a manner intelligible to any one well grounded in Algebra and Calculus. The rapid increase in the number of text books in mathematics has created a problem of selection. We have tried to confine our references to a few good treatises which should be accessible to every student of mathematics. Ch. V should be omitted on a first reading. In fact it is quite independent of the rest of the book and will be of interest mainly to students of Hydrodynamics and Theoretical Elec- tricity. There are several paragraphs in Ch. IV which may be passed over by those interested mainly in the application of the theory to the problems of relativity. For these we may be permitted to suggest, before taking up the subject matter of Chap. VII, a reference to an essay "The Quest of the Absolute" IX X PREFACE which appeared in the Scientific American Monthly, March (1921), and was reprinted in the book "Relativity and Gravita- tion," * Munn & Co. (1921). It may be useful to add the well- known advice of the French physicist, Arago "When in difficulty, read on." The manuscript of the book was sent to the printer in June, 1921, and its delay in publication has been due to difficulties in the printing business. In the meantime several important papers bearing on the Theory of Relativity have appeared; it will be sufficient to refer the reader to some significant notes by PainlevS in the Comptes Rendus of this year (1922). We are under a debt of gratitude to Dr. J. S. Ames for valuable advice and en- livening interest. And, in conclusion, we must thank the officials of The Johns Hopkins Press for their painstaking care in this rather difficult piece of printing. F. D. M. OMAGH, IRELAND. June, 1922. * Edited by J. Malcolm Bird. VECTOR ANALYSIS AND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY INTRODUCTION Vector Analysis owes its origin to the German mathematicians Mobius* and Grassmann f and their contemporary Sir William Hamilton.! Since its introduction it has had a rather checkered career and it is only within comparatively recent times that it has become an integral part of any course in Theoretical Physics. It is well known that the subject was regarded with disfavor by many able physicists, among whom Sir William Thomson, afterwards Lord Kelvin, was probably the most prominent. The reason for this is, in our opinion, not hard to seek. Grass- mann, who undoubtedly had a much clearer conception of the generality and power of his methods than most of his followers, expounded the subject in a very abstract manner in order not to lose this generality. Naturally enough his writings attracted little attention and when, some forty years later, Heaviside and others were earnestly trying to popularize the method they swung to the other extreme and, in attempting to give an intuitive definition of what a vector is, failed to convey a clear and comprehensive idea. Roughly speaking their definition was * Mobius, A. F., Der barycentrische Calcul (1827). Werke, Bd. 1, Leipzig (1885). f Grassmann, H., Ausdehnungslehre (1844). Werke,- Bd. 1, Leipzig (1894). Grassmann was particularly interested in the operations he could perform upon his " vectors " and not in the transformations of the components of these which occur when a change of " basis " or coordinate system is made. In this respect the point of view of his work will be found very different from that adopted here. J Hamilton, W., Elements of Quaternions. Dublin Univ. Press (1899). Heaviside, 0., Electromagnetic Theory, Vol. 1, Ch. 3. London (1893). 1 2 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY that " a vector is a quantity which, in addition to the quality of having magnitude, has that of direction." The fault with this definition is, of course, that it fails to explain just what is meant by " having direction." That this idea requires ex- planation is clear when we realize that the simple operation of rotating a body around a definite line through a definite angle which, a priori, " has direction " in the same sense that an angular velocity has is not a vector whilst an angular velocity is. Then, again, endless trouble arises when vectors are intro- duced in a manner making it difficult to see their " direction " and even today some of the better text-books on the subject speak of " symbolic vectors " such as gradient, curl, etc., as if they are in any way different from other vectors. In 1901 Ricci and Levi-Civita* published an account of their investiga- tions of " The Absolute Differential Calculus " a kind of dif- ferentiation of vectors. This paper was written in a very con- densed form and did not at once attract the notice of students of Theoretical Physics. It was only in 1916 when Einsteinf called attention to the usefulness of the results in that paper that it received adequate recognition. However it seems to be the common opinion that the methods there dealt with (and often referred to as the " mathematics of relativity ") are extremely difficult. It is the purpose of this account to lessen this difficulty by treating several points in a more elementary and natural manner. For example, in an interesting introduc- tion to their paper, Ricci and Levi-Civita point out, as an instance of the power of their methods, that they can obtain easily, by means of their absolute differentiation, the transformation of Laplace's differential operator A 2 which in Cartesian co- ordinates takes the form A ^l+^l + il ~ dx*'*' dy*^ dz* *Ricd, 0., and Levi-Civita, T. M&hode* de Cdcul diff4rentiel absolu. Math. Annalen, Bd. 54, p. 125 (1901). ] Einstein, A., Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitdtstheorie. Annalen der Physik, Bd. 49, p. 169 (1916). VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 3 into any curvilinear coordinates whatsoever. This trans- formation was first obtained by Jacobi,* and, while expressing admiration for the ingenuity of his method, they justly remark that it is not perfectly satisfactory for the reason that it brings in ideas those of the Calculus of Variations foreign to the nature of the problem. Now by a method due to Beltramif it happens that this very transformation can be obtained by Vector Analysis without any knowledge of absolute differentia- tion; the apparently fortuitous and happy disappearance from the final result of the troublesome three index symbols of that part of the subject is thus explained. In addition we hope to make it clear that the methods of the " Mathematics of Rela- tivity " are applicable to, and necessary for, Theoretical Physics in general and will abide even if the Theory of Relativity has to take its place with the rejected physical theories of the past. * Jacobi, C. G., Werke, Bd. 2, p. 191. Berlin (1882). t Beltrami, Ricerche di analisi applicata alia geometria. Giornale di mate- matiche (1864), p. 365. CHAPTER I 1. Every student of physics knows the important role played by line, surface and volume integrals in that subject. For example, the scalar magnitude work is the line integral of the rector magnitude force and this will suggest a simple mode of defining a vector. As, however, we shall wish to apply our results in part to gravitational spaces it is desirable at the outset to state as clearly as possible what we mean by the various terms employed. Space. By this term is meant a continuous* arrangement or set of points; a point being merely a group of n ordered real numbers. In our applications n is either 1, 2, 3, or 4 and the space is said to be of one, two, three, or four dimensions respec- tively. The ordered group of numbers we denote by z (1) , z <2) , , z (n) , and call the coordinates of the point they define. Nothing need be said for the present as to what the coordinates actually signify. A space defined in this way is a very abstract mathematical idea and to distinguish it from a more concrete idea of space in which, in addition to the above, we have a funda- mental concept called length, we may, where necessary, call the latter a metrical space and the former a non-metrical space. We use the symbol S n to indicate our space, metrical or not, of n dimensions. SPREADS IN S It is possible to choose from the points of S n an arrangement or set of points such that any one point is determined by the value of a single variable.- Thus if, instead of being perfectly independent, the n coordinates x (1 \ , a; (n) are all functions Continuity is assumed as an aid to mathematical treatment. In certain modern theories preference is given to a discontinuous or discrete set of points. 4 THE TENSOR CONCEPT of a single independent variable, or parameter, u\ (*= 1,2, ...,n) the point x is said to trace a curve or spread of one dimension as MI varies continuously from the value MI to MI (I) . The points corresponding to the values MI = MI and MI = MI (I) are called the end points of the curve and if they coincide, i.e., if all cor- responding coordinates are equal the curve is said to be closed. A spread of two dimensions in S n is similarly defined by X = X \U\, Uz) \8 = 1, " * *, Tl) where MI and Uz are independent parameters. Here we have two degrees of freedom because we can vary the point x by varying either MI or M 2 . It is necessary, however, that the func- tions a;' (MI, Uz) should be distinct functions of the parameters MI, Uz; the criterion for this being that not all the Jacobian determinants a ( d (MI, du\ dx (t *> i \ sz = 1, , n) should vanish identically. If this were to happen, we would not have two degrees of freedom but only one and the points would lie on a curve and not on a proper spread of two dimensions. Similarly by a spread of p dimensions in S n (p ^ n) we mean the locus of points x with p degrees of freedom; where not all the Jacobian determinants = 1, , n s= 6 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY vanish identically. This we denote by F p (the corresponding French term being variete*) and we shall suppose all our V v to be " smooth "; by this we mean that all the partial deriva- tives \m= are continuous. This restriction is not really necessary but is made to avoid accessory difficulties. INTEGRAL OVER A SPREAD OF ONE DIMENSION FI* Consider an ordered set of n arbitrary continuous functions Xi, ", X n of the coordinates x (l \ , x (n) . (For brevity sake we shall hereafter use the phrase " functions of position. ") The numerical value assigned to the label r in the symbol X r tells which one of the components Xi, , X n , which are ordered or arranged in this sequence, we are discussing. Now for any curve FI given by *<> = form the differentials and then form the sum Xidx + X^dx ---- h X n dx (n) which is, by definition, identically the same as If in each of the functions X, of position we replace the co- ordinates x w , , x (n) by their values on the curve FI X t -z becomes a function of ui, F(UI) let us say, and we may * Reference should be made to the classical paper by H. Poincart, " Sur les r6sidus des int^grales doubles," Acta Math. (9), p. 321 (1887). THE TENSOR CONCEPT 7 evaluate the definite integral J^ (l \F(ui)dui. This is called the integral of the ordered set of n functions of position (X\, , X n ) over the curve. If, now, we change the parameter u\ to some other parameter i by means of the equation u\ = Ui(vi) the points on the curve are given by a; ( * ) = a; (8) (wi) = X M (VI) say (* = 1, , n) and it is conceivable that the value of the integral might depend not only on the curve but on the parameter used in specifying the curve. However this is not the case since /" l(1) /iO> f F(i)rfia I J,o Jujo I =i and 7 / n \ *l U 1)] I / n I * 1 f}lL] 1 This independence, on the part of the integral, of the accidental parameter used in describing the curve allows us to speak of the integral as attached to the curve and the symbol J'^",=iX,,dx ( ^ is used since it contains no reference to the parameter u. In what follows we shall adopt the convention that when a literal label occurs twice in a term summation with respect to that label over the values 1, , n is implied. Thus our line integral may be conveniently written /i = SX*dx" Such a label has been called by Eddington a dummy label (or symbol) of summation. We prefer to adopt the term " umbral " used by Sylvester in a similar connection; the word signifying that the symbol has merely a shadow-like significance disappear- ing, as it does, when the implied summation is performed. 2. INTEGRAL 7 2 OVER A SPREAD F 2 OF TWO DIMENSIONS Consider a set of n 2 ordered functions of position (to indicate which we use two labels si, Sz) X 8l , tt (ti t *2 = If *>) 8 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY The numerical values assigned to *i and * 2 tell which one of the set of n 2 functions we wish to discuss. It is convenient to think of the functions as arranged in a square or " checkerboard " with n rows and n columns; then Si may indicate the row and *2 the column. K 2 is specified by means of two parameters u\, uz through the equations x (l) = x (t) (u\, Wj). Substitute these expressions for the coordinates in the functions X^ and con- sider the definite double integral T r ( v dz (tl) dx<" > \ , , , u i i u i \ 7 2 = j { A,... -- - J duidut (*i and $ 2 umbral labels) \ dui duz ) extended over the values of u\, ui which specify the points of F 2 . This integral will depend for its value not only on the spread F 2 but on the parameters u\, iiz used to specify it unless the set X tl) , f is alternating, i.e., X tl , ,, = X H , ,, which implies the identical vanishing of the n functions ATi, \; X n , n and the arithmetical equality in pairs of the remaining n 2 n so that there are but n(n l)/2 distinct functions in the set. Grouping together the functions of each pair we have , 0(Ui, Uz) where now the umbral symbols do not take independently all values from 1 to n but only those for which the numerical value of $1 is less than that of * 2 . If a change of parameters is made by means of the equations Ui = Ui(Vi, Vi) where u\ and uz are distinct functions of v\ and r 2 the coordinates are given by equations x (.) = x (.)( Ul> uj = f (.)(,, lf ) (, = 1, . . ., n ) and the value of 7 2 when the TI, r 2 are used as parameters is THE TENSOR CONCEPT which, by the rule for multiplying Jacobians, r [ v d(x*<> x (s *>) } d(ui, = f \ X, ltt ~b -- r ^ d(ui, uz) j dfa, and this by the formula for the change of variables in a double integral __ f d(ui, uz) Starting, then, with an alternating set of functions of position XM we can form an integral, (over any F 2 ), which depends in no way on the parameters chosen to specify it. To avoid all refer- ence to the accidental parameters we write 7 2 in the abbreviated form f{X tl . tl d(x (ai \ z ( ">)} (ft < $ 2 ). We adopt this in pref- erence to the customary notation ^[X^dx^dx^} (si < 5 2 ) since no product of differentials, such as will occur later when we use quadratic differential forms, is implied. In an exactly similar way an integral I p over a spread V p of p dimensions (p ^ n) is defined.* By an alternating set of functions X tli ,, ..., Sp of position we mean that a single inter- change of two of the labels merely changes the sign of the func- tion. If, then, two of these labels are the same the function must be identically zero. Then is a definite multiple integral of order p extended over the values of MI, , Up which specify the points of V p . We write /*-.'/ where, in the summation with respect to the umbral symbols, ft, s z , , s p , si < s z < - < Sp. To emphasize the fact that * When p = n it is customary to use the phrase region of S n in preference to spread of n dimensions in S n . 10 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY IP does not depend in any way on the parameters u\, , u it will be written IP = fX tl , -.., . f d(* (tl \ Examples, n = 4 x 1 = x, x (2) = y, x (3) = z, x (4) = Zi = X, X z = Y, etc. <fy -f Zdz + r<&) , z) + Z 3 . id(z, x) + Xud(x, y) + X l4 d(x, t) + X z <d(y, t) + W(z, utfL(x, y, z) + Xiud(x, y, + ^134^(2;, 2, + Xtud(y, 2, i, z, 3. *d(x, y, z, t) Here in 7 2 we may write Xs\d(z, x) instead of X\, *d(x, z) since X 3 i = Xn and d(z, x) = d(x, z) As a concrete example of 7 2 we may take the case of a moving curve in ordinary Euclidean space of three dimensions, the curve being allowed to change in a continuous manner as it moves. Here x, y, z may be rectangular Cartesian coordinates and t may denote the Newtonian time. u\ is any parameter which serves to locate the points of the curve at any definite time t = to and Uz may well be taken = t. Then the equations of our Fa are and the parameter curves u^ = constant are the various positions of the moving curve, whilst the curves u\ = constant are the paths of definite points on the initial position of the moving curve. Denote dx/dt by x and we have d(s, >) - d(x, 3s - dmdi - .dujt i, dui THE TENSOR CONCEPT 11 (It may not be superfluous to point out that it is essential to the argument that u\ and Uz should be independent variables. Thus in the present example u\ could not stand for the arc distance from an end point of the moving curve if the curve deforms as it mows although it could conveniently stand for the initial arc distance.) Our 7 2 may here be written dz 1 -r- 0X34 +X&X X^y) \ duidt dui j showing it in the form of a time integral of a certain line integral taken over the moving curve. Before proceeding to define the idea of vector quantities it is necessary to make one remark of a physical nature. We have written expressions of the type (s an umbral symbol) and regarded the separate terms of these expressions Xidx (r >, - -, etc., as mere numbers. To actually perform the indicated sum- mations it is necessary, when we apply our methods to physics, that the separate terms in a summation should be of the same kind, i.e., have the same dimensions. Thus if the coordinates #(1) . . . X M are a li o f the same kind the coefficients occurring in the various integrals must all have the same di- mensions. 3. TRANSFORMATION OF COORDINATES It has already been seen that if the various line integrals under discussion are to have values independent of the choice of parameters (MI, , u p ) care must be taken that the n p functions of position X^, .... 8p which form the coefficients of the I p should s 12 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY be alternating. Let us now see what happens to these coefficients when we change, for some reason, the coordinates x w , , x (n) used to specify the points of the V p . The formulae of transforma- tion are given by n equations the functions z (t) being supposed distinct so that the Jacobian of the transformation does not vanish identically. These equations may be regarded in two ways. First the y (t) may each denote the same idea as the corresponding a: (f) and then we have a correspondence set up between a point y and some, in general different, point x. Secondly the symbols y (t) may have a meaning quite distinct from the symbols x (l) and then we have a correspondence between one set of coordinates y (t) of a point and another set of coordinates x (t) of the same paint. It is the second way of looking at the matter that interests us and we speak then of a transformation of coordinates. (From the first point of view we would have a point correspondence.) Since the functions x (t) are distinct we can, in general, solve the equations* and obtain As an example take n = 3 and let z (1) , z (2) , x (3) be rectangular Cartesian coordinates and (y w , y (2) , y (3) ) space polar coordinates in ordinary Euclidean space of three dimensions. j.d)2 sin (2)2 v ' _ Z (2) y ~ ** u ff(i) Cf. Gawtat-Hedrick, Mathematical Analysis, Vol. 1, Ch. 2, or Wilson, E. B., Advanced Calculus. THE TENSOR CONCEPT 13 In order to have a uniform transformation of coordinates so that to a given set of numbers y (l) , y\ y (3) there may correspond but one set z (1) , x (2) , z (3) and conversely it is frequently neces- sary to restrict the range of values of one or the other set. Thus in the example chosen we puty (l) > 0; < y (2) < TT; < y (3) <2ir. If now in /i = J*X a dx (t) (s an umbral symbol) we substitute (s = 1, .-,) dx (t) X s becomes X(y l , , y n ) say, and dx^ = du\ becomes OUi (Q x () Qy(r) \ rr - I dui (r an umbral symbol) oy (r > dui ) and so Ji becomes ( dx (t) dy^ r) \ X g -TT-. -* ) dui (r, s both umbral symbols) dy (r) duij where Y is defined by the equation Y r s X, (r = 1, , n; s umbral) We shall from this on drop the bar notation above the X, which indicates that the substitution x w = x (9) (y (l \ , 2/ (n) ) has been carried out. It will always be clear when this is supposed done. For an 7 2 we have d(x^\ x ( '^ (si < * 2 ) (si, s 2 umbral) (d(x 91 x' 1 ) ] ^i* -^r r \du\dui (s\ < * 2 ) by definition 0(Ui, Uz) ) (dx ( ' l) dx ( ' 2) 1 X*H T~ -\duiduz dui duz J since the functions X SlSt form an alternating set. 14 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY Now dxM dx^ dyM 1ST ; ' efzra^ (ri umbral) so that dx (l *> __ dx (tl) dx (> *> dy (r *> dy (rt) dui ditz dy (ri) dy (r *> dui duz (ri and r 2 both umbral symbols) Hence if we define , , n (Sl and * 2 umbral) 7 2 takes the form r fv dy^ay f \ YW -% I di dw Now dar (tl) dar^^ ^. n = ^. ^ ^ ^5 (by definition) dx (lt} dx ( ' l) = X, t , ,, a~~?T) (^ a mere interchange of the letters dy dy l standing for the umbral symbols $1 and * 2 ) dx (tl) dx ( '*> (since X tl , , t is alternating by defi- * li> dyM dyfi) nition) = F r ,. r, (by definition) Accordingly the set of functions Y fl , r, of position, defined as above, is also alternating and we may write Generalizing we may write I p in the form (fit - - , TP umbral) and r\ < r 2 < < r p where the coefficients 7 r , ..... r p form an alternating set of n p functions of position defined by the equations f (...,*, umbral symbols) THE TENSOR CONCEPT 15 Accordingly, then, if an integral over a curve, or more generally a spread of dimensions p, is to have a value independent of the coordinates the coefficients are completely determined in every system of coordinates once they are known in any particular system of coordinates. The coefficients in a line integral form as we shall see later a set of functions which " have direction " in Heaviside's sense and so might be called a vector. As, how- ever, the term vector is derived from a geometrical interpretation of the idea which loses to a great extent its significance when we apply our ideas to spaces of arbitrary metrical character the name has been changed and the coefficients of a line integral are said to form, taken as a group, a Tensor of the first rank of which the coefficients are the ordered components* To distinguish between this definition and another of similar character this Tensor is said to be covariant. More generally the coefficients of an Ip, n p in number, are said to form a covariant tensor of rank p of which the separate coefficients X 8l ..... 8p are the ordered components. Knowing the values of the components X Sl ..... if of a covariant tensor in any suitable system of coordinates x (t) the components in any other set y (s) are furnished by the equa- tions Although not of such physical importance it is convenient to extend the idea of Tensor to an arbitrary set of functions of position X Slt ..., 8p which follow the same law of correspondence, when a transformation of coordinates is made, as the alternating set above. If we do this it is merely the alternating covariant Tensors which arise as coefficients in integrals over geometric figures. The reason for the correspondence between the com- * The term Tensor was used by Gibbs in another sense in his lectures (see his Vector Analysis, Chap. V, edited by Wilson, E. B.) and also with the same meaning as that given here by Voigt, W., " Die fundamentalen Eigen- schaften der Krystalle," Leipzig (1898). Cf. Ch. IV, 4, infra. 16 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY ponents in different systems of a Tensor in the general non- alternating case would remain to be explained. 4. INTRODUCTION OF CONTRAVARIANT TENSORS In the expression h = SX.dx M = f W> (* umbral) the quantities by which the components X, of the covariant tensor of rank one are multiplied have a law of correspondence defined by the equations as Similarly in the integral /, - y the factors X", Y rt which multiply the components X rt , Y rt respectively of the alternating covariant tensor of rank two have a law of correspondence given by the equations (bv definition) ' duidv * (T " " umbral symbol9) (by definition) and so in general for an integral over a spread of p dimensions (p < n). These factors, regarded as a whole, are said to form a contravariant Tensor of the first, second, , pth rank as the case may be. The sets introduced in this way are not, as in the case of the covariant tensors, alternating. Even though the correspondence between the two sets of functions of position THE TENSOR CONCEPT 17 X' 1 '* '" *' and y* 1 " may not arise in the above manner the set is said to form a contravariant tensor of rank p if the corre- spondence between the ordered components is defined by the equations (f ..., The labels which serve to oHer the components are written above in the case of contravariant and below in the case of co- variant Tensors. The following remark may be useful in aiding the beginner to remember easily the important equations defining the correspondence. The umbral symbols are always attached to the x coordinates on the right. When the labels are , [ on the left the y coordinates are f ow \ on the right. Thus (si, Sz umbral) oy v " oy^'*' whilst By an obvious and useful extension we can now introduce mixed Tensors partly covariant and partly contravariant in nature. Thus the set of n 3 functions of position X r r \ Tt form a mixed tensor of rank three, covariant of rank two and contravariant of rank one, if the correspondence between the two sets of ordered components is defined by the equations Now when we recall that the x coordinates are perfectly arbitrary as also are the y's it becomes apparent that it must be possible to interchange the x and y coordinates in the equations 18 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY defining the correspondence. Thus, to give a concrete example, it must be possible to derive from the r? equations r t = which serve to define a covariant tensor of rank 2, the equations (*i, 82 umbral) In fact all umbral) is umbral ) is = by the rule for composite differentiation and this, on account of the mutual independence of the x coordinates, is = unless t\ = r\ in which case it = ll To conclude these definitions it will be sufficient to state that a single function of position may be regarded as a tensor of rank zero if its value (not its formal expression) is the same in all sets of coordinates. No labels are here required to order the com- ponents and the equation defining the correspondence is simply Y=X Such a function of position is also called an invariant or absolute (or in the text-books on vector analysis a scalar) quantity. The reason for regarding this as a tensor (of either kind) of rank zero will become apparent from a study of the rules of operation with tensors. Example. Consider the formulae of transformation from rec- tangular Cartesian to space polar coordinates ( 3). THE TENSOR CONCEPT 19 Here = sin y (2) cos y (3) ; - = + y (1) cos y (2) cos !/ (3) ; ) = (V sin /< 2 > sin etc., and we obtain ,, daP> , Y , Yl = Xl dy W = (Xi sin y (2) cos y (3) + X 2 sin ?/ (2 > sin y (3) + X 3 cos 2/ (2) ) cos cos y z cos y sn y - 3 sn C7v -rr C7*C -inr C7X = y w [ Xi sin i/ (2) sin y (3) + JJT 2 sin y (z) cos the X's on the right hand side being supposed expressed in terms of the i/'s. If then we denote by R, 0, $ the resolved parts of the vector X\, Xz, X 3 (the theory of the resolution of tensors will be dealt with later but we may anticipate here) along the three polar coordinate directions at any point r; 3 = 2/ sn s r sn For a contravariant tensor of rank one we have yd) = Vd) __ i_ v(2) __ L sin y ^ C os i/< 3 > + X sin < 2 > sin 4. ^ V(3) Vd) _L -F(2) __ L V(3) ^ cosy (3) + X cosy (2 > sin y< 3 > - Z<*> sin fy 20 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 1 sn (- X 1 sin 7/ (3) + X* cos where the Jf 's on the right are supposed expressed in terms of the y's. Call the resolved parts of (X w , Z (2) , Z (3) ) along the polar coordinate directions R, 6, $ as before and we have yd) == R. y( r ' r sin * A general result of which this is a special case is given in Chapter IV. CHAPTER II THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 1. ELEMENTARY RULES FOR DERIVING AND OPERATING WITH TENSORS (a) The Ride of Linear Combination ( n i \ ) and q = 0, 1, / X%'.". r is another tensor of the same kind then the set of n iH- functions of position found by adding components of like order (that is with all corresponding labels, both upper and lower, having the same numerical values each to each) forms a tensor of the same kind as X and X which is called the sum of X and X. By the phrase " of the same kind " we imply not only that X and X must have the same rank both as to covariant and contravariant character, but that corresponding components have the same dimensions. The proof of the state- ment is immediate for from the equations Q:::^all umbral) and a similar one obtained by writing a bar over Y and X we obtain by addition which is the mathematical formulation of the statement that X + X is a tensor of the same kind as both X and X. If we multiply the equations written above, which express the tensor character of X^'." r ,^ by an invariant function of position 21 22 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY (possibly a constant) m we have that mX is a tensor of the same character as X. Combining this with the previous definition of a sum, repeatedly applied if necessary, we have what is known as a linear combination of Tensors where the l\, Jj, are either mere numbers or scalar (invariant) functions. The separate members of this linear combination must be of the same kind. If, as a special case, /2 is a negative number lz = - 1 say and li = + 1 then X + (- Z 1 ) is written X - X 1 and in this way subtraction is defined. A tensor all of whose components are zero is said to be the zero tensor. (It is im- portant to notice that the property of having all the components zero is an absolute one; i.e., it is independent of the particular choice of coordinates in terms of which the components are expressed. This follows at once from the equations defining the correspondence between the ordered components in different systems of coordinates. The General Principle of Relativity merely says that all physical laws may be expressed each by the vanishing of a certain tensor. This satisfies the necessary de- mand that the content of a physical law must be independent of the coordinates used to express it mathematically. The fixing of the number of dimensions n as 4 rather than 3 and the inter- pretation of the physical significance of the coordinates are the difficult parts of the theory of relativity; the demand that all physical laws express the equality of tensors has nothing to do with these and must be granted by everyone. Here we regard an invariant as a tensor of zero rank.) Since the idea of a linear combination of tensors is reducible to a linear combination of the corresponding components it follows that the order of the separate members in a linear combination is unimportant. 2. (6) The Rule of Interchange of Order of Components. A specific example will show most briefly and clearly what is meant by this rule. Consider the co variant tensor X Tl r t of the THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 23 second rank. The components have a definite order which may be conveniently specified by a square arrangement. Xln If now we rearrange the n. 2 functions amongst the n. 2 small squares in such a way that the rows and columns are interchanged, then this same interchange of rows and columns will take place in the square for any other coordinate system y. We denote the new ordered set by a bar thus ~X r ..= X 8 , r (r,8= 1,2, ,) From X r , we obtain Y ra by means of the equations of corre- spondence and we wish to show that Y ri = Y tr where the Y ra are obtained from the X r by the same equations of correspondence. All we have done is to rearrange the order of summation on the right hand side of the equations of correspondence and the formal proof is very easy. V = = V * sr by definition (p and a umbral) from definition of X (from equations of correspondence). Combining this rule with rule (a) we derive some important results. Thus starting with X whose components are X r , we derive X whose components are X rs = X sr and then the differ- ence X X whose components are X rg X rs = X rt X iT ' This new tensor is alternating and an important example of this type will be given to exemplify the next rule. 24 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 3. (c) The Ride of the Simple Product. Consider any two tensors not necessarily of the same kind or rank. Let us form the product of each component of the first into each component of the second and arrange the products in a definite order. The set of products will form a tensor whose rank is the sum of the ranks of the original tensors. Again it will suffice to show how the proof runs in a special example. Let the two tensors be X Tt and X Tt and denote by the symbol X'lr\ the product X ri r t -X' 1 '*. (Here r\, r 2 , *i, s z have definite numerical values so that X^'\, defined in this way, is a single function out of a group of n 4 obtained by giving r\, r 2 , *i, s% each all values from 1 to n in turn.) We have to show that the group of n 4 functions X? t really form, as the notation implies, a tensor of rank four covariant of rank two and contravariant of rank two. To do this we have Yr['rl a F rir , . y-ii by definition of (Pit P2 frb 02 umbral) dx(pl) dx(n) d y (t by definition of X% which proves the statement. It is quite apparent that X^ is not the same as X%% so that the order of the factors in this kind of a product is important. Multiplication of tensors is not in general commutative. This remains true even when both the factors are of the same kind and rank. Consider the simplest case where we have two tensors X and X both covariant of rank one. Then the product X- X is_a tensor X r = X T .X,_covariant of rank two whilst the product X'X is a tensor X rt = X r >X t . THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 25 The difference X ra X ra is again a covariant tensor of rank two which is alternating since X r = X tr . Since alternating tensors have a more immediate physical significance than non- alternating tensors it is natural to expect that this difference should be more important than either of the direct products X rs or Xra- It is what Grassmann called the outer product of the two tensors X, X in contrast to another kind of product which he calls " inner " and which we now proceed to discuss. 4. (d) The Rule of Composition or Inner Multiplication. Let us first consider a simple mixed tensor of rank two X ri r * for which the equations of correspondence are Y ri r * = ^V 2 -r (*i and *2 umbral symbols) If now we make r 2 = n = r (say) and use r as an umbral symbol we get The remarkable simplification on the right hand side is due to the results from composite differentiation dy (r) = dz (<l) dy (r) = if s z 4= Si and = 1 if s 2 = si In this way we can form from a given tensor a tensor of lower rank (in this case an invariant). The proof in the general case is of the same character. Consider the mixed tensor X^'.^mi"'^ which is, as the labels indicate, covariant of rank p + / and contravariant of rank p + <? so that the equations of correspondence are where -^rr stands for -^7-, - v and so for the others. dx ( " ox ( p ' 26 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY If now we make p\ = r\, p% = Tt p p = r p and use r\ r p as umbral symbols of summation, -^ ^ on the right hand side becomes (TI T p umbral) 1 fr^ 1 Cr^ oy v ' ox ( ' and successive applications of the results dy (T gives us that -r = Unless t\ = T\ ri) = 1 if *! = n = U SS ^ = = 1 if <i = ri, , t p = r so that >, Ml " r, -. r, (r, ra, * all umbral) giving the result that (^rj'."^^'.'.'/"!,) is a tensor, co variant of rank / and contravariant of rank q. If q = 0, / = we have the result that X r r \"'. r r f r is an invariant (fi r p umbral) explaining why we regard an invariant as a tensor of zero rank. If now we have two tensors not both entirely covariant or contravariant and take their simple product we have a mixed tensor to which we may apply the method here described and obtain a tensor of lower rank. This is called composition or inner multiplication of the two_tensors. Thus starting with X r and X' we obtain X, T = X r -X $ and then making r = * (i.e., picking the n diagonal elements or components of the tensor Xf of rank two)^and summing with respect to * we derive an in- variant X t 'X' which is the invariant inner product of the two THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 27 tensors. (To obtain an inner product the tensors must be of different character one covariant, the other contravariant.) Similarly from the two tensors of rank two X rir * and X tlSt we first obtain the mixed tensor of rank 4 X 1* == and from this the scalar or invariant function of position X'lrl = X rir *'X ri r t (n, r 2 umbral symbols) Notice that in these cases the order of the factors is not im- portant the same invariant results if we change the order. 5. (e) Converse of Rule of Composition. Again, for the sake of simplicity, let us explain this for a special case. We consider a set of n functions of position X r which has such a law of correspondence between components in different coordinate systems that for any contravariant tensor X r of rank one whatsoever the summation X r X r is invariant (r umbral). Then we shall prove that the set X r actually form, as the notation implies, a covariant tensor of rank one. We have Y r - F = X t -X w (by hypothesis) = Xt'Y 1 -r :-. (since X r is contravariant of rank one) dy M We now take as a special illustration of the tensor X T that one, which, in the y system of coordinates, has all its components = save one which is = 1, e.g., Y* = if * 4= r whilst Y r = 1. This choice of X is permissible since we make the hypothesis that X is any tensor we wish to choose. And we have proving on assigning, in turn, to the label r the numerical values 1, , n, the statement made. (It is apparent that instead of 28 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY taking X T as perfectly arbitrary it is the same thing to say that X (T) shall be any one of the n tensors which in some particular system of coordinates have each all but one of their coordinates = 0, the remaining one being =1.) As another example of this converse let us suppose that the n 2 functions X r * have such a law of transformation that the summation X r * X tt is a covariant tensor of rank two (* umbral) where X tt is an arbitrary covariant tensor of rank two; we have to prove that the n 2 functions of position X/ actually form, as the notation implies, a mixed tensor contra variant of rank 1 and covariant of rank 1. We have Y r 'Y. t - CX/JW by hypothesis - ' z (since X is covariant of rank 2) Now as our arbitrary tensor X let us choose that one for which Fjm = unless both I = s and m = t Qy(t) Q x (r) Y, t = 1 and using ^- } . _ = 1 ( T umbral) we obtain d 7/) fob) r '' mZ 'M*ij (*,P umbral) proving the statement. The essence of the proof is that the multiplying tensor must be an arbitrary one. In concluding these remarks on the elementary rules of tensor algebra it may not be superfluous to remark that although, for example, the product X T = X r * 'X t t is a definite tensor we do not introduce the idea of quotient X r , -f- X T *. The reason for this is, of course, that there is no unique quotient; there are many tensors X,t which when multiplied by a given tensor X r * in this way will yield a given tensor X r - In the algebra of tensors it is possible to have a product (inner) of two non-zero tensors equal to zero. THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 29 6. Applications of the Four Rules of Tensor Algebra. The most useful applications of these rules will be found by returning to a consideration of the integrals which served to introduce us to the tensor idea. It will be remembered that a curve V\ is either open and has two end points as boundary or else is closed and has no boundaries; a spread Vz of two dimen- sions is either open and bounded by one or more closed curves or closed and without boundaries. In general a spread Vp+\ of p + 1 dimensions (p < n 1) is either open and bounded by one or more closed spreads V p of p dimensions or else closed and without boundaries. When the spread V p +i is open there is an important theorem giving the value of an arbitrary integral I p extended over the closed boundaries V p in terms of a certain connected integral extended over the open Vp+i bounded by V p . The simplest case is when p = 1 in which case an integral over a closed curve is shown to be equivalent to a certain integral extended over any surface or spread of two dimensions Vz bounded by the curve V\. This case was discussed by Stokes for ordinary space of 3 dimensions and the general theorem is known as " Stokes' generalized Lemma."* It will be noticed that the theorem is a non-metrical one as we have not yet had occasion to say anything about the metrical character of the space S n containing the spreads V p . We shall prove the theorem when p = 2 as this will suffice to show the details in the general case. Here the equations of the open V$ are and the boundaries will be specified by one or more relations on the parameters u\, Uz, u 3 . If there are several distinct boundaries Vz we may connect them by auxiliary surfaces Vz so as to form one complete boundary. The parts of the 7 2 over this complete boundary coming from the auxiliary surfaces will cancel (each * H. Poincart, loc. cit. 30 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY auxiliary connecting surface may be replaced by two, infinites- imally close, surfaces and it is the integrals over these pairs of surfaces that cancel each other in the limit as the surfaces are made to approach each other indefinitely). The relation between the parameters on the boundary may be 3 = <t>(ui, ut, u 3 ) = and we introduce two other functions v\ and 2 of u\, it*, u 9 such that 01, 02, 03 are distinct functions, and change over to 0i, 02, 03 as parameters. We shall suppose the parameters such that the equations giving the coordinates x are uniform both ways. Not only does an assigned set of parameters give a unique point x but to a point x there corresponds but one set of parameters 0. Accordingly the surfaces 03 = const, cannot intersect each other and they form a set of closed level surfaces filling up the initial open Fj. On each of these closed level surfaces we shall have the level curves 0i = const., 0j = const., and we suppose the functions 0i, 03 of Ui, u*, M so chosen that these level curves are closed. Now consider the integral /, = fX^ tl d(x (tl) , x (t *>) (si, 8 Z umbral and *i < * 2 ) extended over the boundary 03 = 0. If, instead of integrating over 03 = 0, we take it over any of the level surfaces 03 = constant it will take on different values depending on this constant and to indicate this we write ?= rx * d0id0 + Ar<'d d r () ] /tj vJ, VJ, I -= I 001 002 THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 31 (It is only necessary to differentiate the integrand since the limits of the integral are independent of 3 ). Now if F is any function of position (not merely of the parameters)* on a closed dF curve with parameter v the integral J* - dv taken round the dv closed curve is necessarily zero. For it is the difference of the values of F at the coincident end points of the curve. If, in particular, we take as F the function F = X Sl t t ($1, 82 umbral) and integrate round the closed curve v t = constant we get 8 i 8 J I a a a ' a a a I \ 001003 002 003 001002 / _ vi = dvz J and integrating this with respect to 02 over the surface 3 = con- stant we have f\X gltt {^. >_|_te^d*a: -\ = Similarly on taking 00 f)F and integrating f , dvidvz over the closed surface v 3 = const. dvz * The distinction implied here should be clearly grasped. If the equations of the curve are xi = a cos v x* = a sin v F must be periodic in v with period 2ir. 32 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY we get r\X ( d * x(>t) dx( ' l) [ ''''Vdfladfla dvi 303 0t>2 003 Ofli Now add these two equations together and note that (*i *2 umbral) because the terms in the summation cancel out in pairs owing to the alternating character of X tlH the factor multiplying X, ltt in the summation being obviously unaltered by an interchange of the symbols *i and s z . We find that * 1 * 1 4- d * x(tt) dx( ' l) \ dvydvz dv\ J so that dh_ r \dX^dx^dx^ dt>3 dvi dfy dv\ Now the X^ H are functions of position, i.e., of the coordinates x so that air s v ?_f.l (* 8 umbral) The second term in dlz/dv^ we shall slightly modify by a change in the umbral symbols. Thus -i /..\ -> r.,\ (si, s z , s 3 all umbral) dx ( ' l) dX^ dx (tl) THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 33 so that we can write = J < - ~~ - " 7~"v i dcidvz On writing Y = A ii and integrating the expression for dlz/dv 3 with respect to 8 we find ' dvidvzdv* (si, s z , s 3 umbral) since the set of functions X, ltt t defined as above is obviously alternating (on account of the fact that X rt is an alternating set). The limits for v$ are 3 = and v 3 = some constant for which /2 = since the corresponding F 2 is either a point or a spread traced twice on opposite sides. Let the integration be such that 3 = is the upper limit and we have / 2 = fX, lH d(x (t i>x {t *>) (*i<*2> over boundary = fXw t d(x^x^x^) (Si < * 2 < * 3 ) over the F 3 .* In general from I p = over a closed boundary we derive as equivalent to I p an /+! where * It will be observed that placing the + sign before / on the left makes = the upper boun from the open spread t> 3 = the upper bound of the integral f -^ dvs. Thus v t is increasing away 34 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY It is usual to preserve a cyclic arrangement of suffixes for the X's and then, on account of the alternating character of the X's, we have the upper signs being used when p is even and the lower when p is odd. Since I p is by hypothesis invariant so is Ip+i because IP+I = Ip and accordingly the coefficients X Sl ... Vl form an alternating covariant tensor of rank p -f- 1 [seen either directly as when tensors were introduced or as a case of the converse of rule (d), the set of functions -r dvi dvp+i form- 001 OVp+i ing an arbitrary contra variant tensor of rank p + 1]. In this way we can derive from any alternating covariant tensor, by a species of differentiation, a covariant tensor of higher rank. , EXAMPLES. p = 1. From any covariant tensor X T of rank one we derive an alternating covariant tensor of rank two X - dXr - dXt It is the negative of this tensor that is called the curl of the vector X in the earlier vector analysis. It is rather important to notice that this, and the other tensors of this paragraph, have no reference to the metrical character of the fundamental space S n . The derivation of them by the methods of the Absolute Differential Calculus introduces, therefore, extraneous and un- necessary ideas. p = 2. From an alternating covariant tensor of rank two X rt we derive the alternating covariant tensor of rank three f\ *y \ TT A T^ Y _ O**-Tt i OA. t t , OA.tr " rtt ^ s THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 35 If n = 3 there is only one such function and in the usual analysis it is called the divergence of X rs . We shall have to modify this slightly for the general tensor analysis. It is interesting to notice that if we take as X r the tensor of the previous example we find Xrst 0. It is easily seen that this happens in general. If we derive X tl ... 9p from X tl ... g^ in this way then the X tl ... v , derived from X tl ... 8p is = 0. When the X Sl ... v , derived from X Sl ... 8p is = we have that Ip+i = and so I p (extended, of course, over any closed spread of p dimensions) is = 0. In this case I p is said to be the integral of an exact differential. It can then be proved that the value of I p over any open V p is equal to the value of a certain integral Ip-i over the closed boundary of this V p * "If IP - SX^ ... tp d(xW X<P>) (i<a,... < 8 P ) (an \ 71 ? -i ) - n - r T7 p + !/ n p lip + 1! partial differential equations Y = n Atl2 ... Ip+l W The theorem stated is that these are the necessary and sufficient conditions that there exist ( _ i ) functions of position X n ... .^j satisfying the ( ) partial differential equations That the conditions are necessary is an immediate result of a direct substitution of the left hand side of the equation just written for X tl ... , in the equation of definition To prove the sufficiency an appeal is made to the principle of mathematical induction. Let us, for definiteness, take p = 2. Then we shall prove the statement that if the theorem is true for a particular value of n it is true for the next greater integer value n + 1. Granting this, for the moment, we 36 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY p = n 1. This is the next and last case if n = 4. For an arbitrary value of n it is second in importance only to the first case p I. In order to avoid having to write out separately observe that the theorem is true for n 2. (In this case there are no in- tegrability conditions necessary; on account of the alternating character of the Tensor X^^ whose vanishing expresses these conditions, it is neces- sarily s 0.) We have two unknowns X\ and Xt satisfying the single differen- tial equation and a particular solution is found by assuming that neither A"i nor X t involves z ( . Then X l may be any function of z> and X t = - f* (1> Xitdx (1 \ the lower limit being any constant i n> . In the integration z (1) is regarded as a constant. Hence by the induction lemma the theorem is true for n = 3 and then for n 4 and so for every integer n. To prove the induction lemma let us seek for a solution of the equations y dX r dXt f rt * az^> ~ az^> (r where the unknown X n s 0. We have then AY X "-+i) <r-l,...,n-l) whence X T - +X rn dx<*> +X r (r = 1, -, n - 1) where x ( * ) is a constant; X T is any function of x (1 >, , z*""" and in the integration z a) , , z ( *~ x) are constants. The remaining equations xr dXr dX t . . X " tow ~ Sw (r < - 1, -, n - 1) give on substituting these values C*dX n f^dX n dX r dX. JU ^^ ~ JU a^)^ ^ a^ ~ ^o dx r . d~x t ax. <-> T ( > ^> 1 v- a y- Z r . X,. + T-TTT T-T;: where X r , is the function X r , when x (B) is oz v *' aZ v ' put - z ( THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 37 the cases corresponding to n even and n odd we shall adopt the first form for X tl ... , ,. Hence we have the ( o ) dX. dx< r > with n 1 unknowns X T and involving n 1 independent variables x (1) , -, x (n-1) . Also we have ( ) integrability equations X rtt ^0 found by putting x (n) = Xo (n) in X Tlt = (r < s <t = 1, , n - 1) Hence if we can solve these equations, i.e., if our hypothesis is true for n 1, we can solve the original equations which are identical in form but involve one more independent variable x (n) . The particular case of this theorem corresponding to n = 4, p = 2, tells us that Maxwell's equations _ j a 5 _ curl E -\ --- ^r = div B = (in the usual notation) C at imply the existence of the electromagnetic potential (A t , A v , A,, c<t>) which is as in the general case when p = 2 a covariant tensor of rank one such that B - curl A; E - - grad ^ - - C at For further details cf. Physical Review, N. S., Vol. 17, p. 83 (1921). It is apparent that there is a great degree of arbitrariness allowed in the determination of the functions X tl ... , _ t ; in fact we may add to any solution any alternating covariant tensor of rank p 1 whose integral over any closed spread V p -\ of p 1 dimensions is zero. For example we may add to the electromagnetic potential any gradient, of a function of position; that is if (A,, A y , A t , c<t>) is any determination of the electromagnetic potential, so is A dF A V ~T 7~ , where F is an arbitrary function of x, y, z, t. Of - idF 38 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY Here p + 1 = n and there is only one distinct function X tl ... , on account of the alternating character of this set. Let us choose this one as A'i ... and our formula is _ dX v ... n-l -1, 2 n-t n Now there are only n distinct functions X, t ... ,_, and it will be possible, and convenient, to indicate these by means of a single label. Thus we write n-2, n n- 3, n 1, n = where we are careful to put parentheses round the symbols (X r ) to indicate that they are not the components of a covariant tensor of rank one. Maxwell availed himself of this arbitrariness and chose F so that div A a whence dF d*F . 3*F yielding, from the theory of the Newtonian Potential, Fas _L ydivA 4 r The usual procedure with modern writers is to choose F so that div A The equation determining F is now whence F from the theory of the retarded potential. /YdivA- !) I V Cdt/ t _r 1 / ?_dT 4/ r THE ALGEBRA OF TENSORS 39 Then we have Xi n = . ,; (s an umbral label) ox (t) Although the (X a ) do not form a covariant tensor of rank one they are very closely related to a contravariant tensor of rank one. In fact there is a reciprocal relationship between an alternating covariant tensor of any rank r and an allied contravariant alter- nating tensor of rank n r. It is a special case of this reciprocity stressed so much by Grassmann in his Ausdehnungslehre that gives the dual relationship of point and plane, line and line in analytic projective geometry and it is from the terminology of that subject that the terms " covariant " and " contravariant " are taken. In order to bring out this reciprocal relationship in the clearest manner we must make a digression and discuss what are meant by " metrical properties " of space. CHAPTER III 1. INTRODUCTION OF THE METRICAL IDEA INTO OUR GEOMETRY* Let us consider a curve V\ specified by the equations X M = z<*>() (*= 1, -,*,) The quadratic differential form g rt dx (r) dx (t) (r, s umbral) where the g r are functions of position, will be invariant provided that these functions form a covariant tensor of rank 2. (This is a consequence of our rule (d), Ch. 2, 4, and its converse since the set of n* functions /fr(r) du du form a contravariant tensor of rank two.) Accordingly the g rt being of this kind the integral du du du has a value independent of the choice of coordinates x; it is called the length of the curve V\ from the point specified by UQ to that specified by u'. If the upper limit u' is regarded as variable and written, therefore, without the prime S is a function of this upper limit u and its differential is given by (<fo) 2 = g rt dx (r) dx (t) (r, s umbral) where the positive radical is taken on extracting the square root. It will be convenient to agree that, in some particular set of co- ordinates x, we arrange matters so that g T = g r ', this can always * The most satisfactory presentation of the general idea of a metrical space is that given in Bianchi, L., Lezioni di Geometria Differenziale, Vol. 1, 152. 40 THE METRICAL CONCEPT 41 be done by rewriting any two terms, g z zdx (z) dx ( * > for example, of the summation which do not satisfy this require- ment in the form %(g 23 + g 32 )dx (2) dx^ + %(g n + The equations defining the covariant correspondence where then show that since *,- We inay express this result by saying that the property of any special tensor of being symmetric is an absolute one just as is the property of being alternating. 2. RECIPROCAL FORM FOR (dsf Consider the n linear differential forms r = g rt dx (t) (s umbral; r = 1, , n) We can solve these for the differentials dx M in terms of the n quantities r as follows. (Note that the r form, as the notation indicates, a covariant tensor of rank 1 from our rule (d) of com- position or inner multiplication.) Let us denote the cofactor of any element g rs in the expansion of the determinant ii <7i2 gin 71 ' * ' <7nn by (G r ), observing in passing that (G>) == (G tr ). The parenthe- ses indicate that the (G>) do not form a tensor. From the 42 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY definition of a cofactor the summation 0r.(G>m) = g when m = s (r umbral) = when m ^ s We shall now introduce the hypothesis that our metrical space is such that g does not vanish identically (it will be presently seen that this is an absolute property) and for all points where g is not zero we have (C ^ 0r^ ^ 1 when m = * , , lx g (r umbral) = when m 4= s Write 0* m = (Gim)/g and let us justify the notation by showing that the g lm form a contravariant tensor of rank two. From our definition it is symmetrical and so we have in addition to g r g rm =1 if m = s = if m 4= s the equivalent equations 0.r0 mr =1 if m = s = if m ^ s These relations suggest that we multiply the equations of defini- tion r = g ri dx^ by g rm and use r as an umbral symbol. We obtain then (r, a umbral) = dx (m) from our relations just written Accordingly (<fc) 2 = gi m dx w dx = gi m g lr r'g m 't. (I, m, r, s umbraD = g rl rk, (r, s umbral) since gi m g* r = unless m = r when it = 1. The r form, by rule (c), Ch. 2, 3, an arbitrary contravariant tensor of rank 2 and (<&) 2 being, by hypothesis, invariant, the THE METRICAL CONCEPT 43 converse of rule (d), Ch. 2, 5, gives us the result that the g rt form a contravariant (symmetrical) tensor of rank 2. When we write g"te t (r, s umbral) it is said to be written in the reciprocal form. We could start with this form and write and solving these obtain . = 9. and then find (ds) z = g r 3. If now we have two determinants a = \a rs \, b = \b rs \ each of order n (the notation implying that a rs is the element in the rth row and sth column of the determinant a) it is well known that the product of the determinants a and b may be written as a determinant c* of which the elements c rs are defined by c r = airbis (I an umbral symbol) This kind of a product is said to be taken by multiplying columns of a into columns of b. We can, with the aid of this rule, easily see how the determinant g behaves when we change our coordinates x to some other suitable coordinates y. We get a determinant / of which the r, sth element is frs = gin x Here -T-. may be conveniently denoted by (/&) since it is the (r) dx (l) -T dy ( I, rth element of the Jacobian determinant J of the transformation from x to y coordinates * Cf. Bdcher, M., Introduction to Higher Algebra, Chap. 2, Macmillan (1915). 44 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY ,7 = and then ,<!> dy ( ,(n) / # x (l) \ Q x (m] is the mrth element of the product gJ so that I 0j m ^-rr ) -^-r^ is the r*th element of the product of the determinants gJ by J. Hence / = g J 2 . This important formula shows us that if g ^ neither will / s= unless J = in which case the y's would not be suitable coordinates. / can be zero at points where 0=t=0if/ = 0at those points; such points would be singular points of the system of coordinates and the quantities f rt would not be defined for them. EXAMPLE In Euclidean space of 3 dimensions with rectangular Cartesian coordinates x w x w x w we write so that 0n = 022 = 033 = 1> 0i2 = 0i3 = 023 = 0. In space polar coordinates we find fii = 1 /2z = (y (1) ) 2 /33 = y (l) * sin 2 y (2 > /12 = /13 = /23 = 0. Here 0=1 / = /U/22/33 = J 2 so that ___1. /22__ = __ . fu / lf (1)l> 1 THE METRICAL CONCEPT 45 and In fact 1 = dx w , etc. There are no singular points in the x coordinates but there are in the y system; those for which J = 0, i.e., yO)giny-0 These are the points on the polar axis y< = r = 0; i/ (2) = 6 = or ir 4. If now ui " ' Un are any independent parameters in terms of which it is convenient to specify both the x and y coordinates we have, by definition of the symbol, and a similar equation for d(x (l) - z (n) ) so that i u ) If we multiply the determinants - - - r^ and . . \ n - ^7 together and note that dx^ du = itt^r we find that their product is unity and so we can write the quotient w * x- (m umbral) 46 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY as above 33 Jgjf since / = gJ*. Accordingly Vf (%< . so that this expression is an invariant. In view of the fact that it depends on the fundamental quadratic differential form (fo) 2 it is called a metrical invariant. Let us consider an integral over a region of the fundamental space S n , fX\ ... n d(x (l) - x (n) ). Here X\ ... n is the single distinct function of an arbitrary alternating covariant tensor of rank n. Since the integrand is invariant and since V</ d(x w x (n) ) is invariant it follows by division that X\ ... n -5- V^ is an invariant. As an application of Stokes' Lemma we have already seen that if (Ai) = ( l) n ^L2 ." n = A n 2 n 1 ' ' ' (A n ) = -^1 n 1 (where X tl ... .^ is any alternating covariant tensor of rank n 1) then V d/TT\ /Ll\ X i ... n = T-77j (A) (* umbral) is the coefficient of an integral over a region of S n . We see 1 a therefore that p-r-ri (-^) is an invariant. We shall now investigate the nature of the n functions (X t ). Under a transformation of coordinates from x to y we find, for example, (V \=v Y dx(tl) dx( '"~* """"- i ay< 1 >" ' ' dyt- (! *_i umbral) a(a;Ci) s<'-i>) l """- 1(1 > ( - 1 > (owing to alternating character of X^ ... ..,) THE METRICAL CONCEPT 47 In general And, accordingly, if we denote the cofactor of ^-^ in the expan- sion of J by (J r ) we have (F n ) == (J n )(X.) (s umbral) (Y r ) S (J. r )(X.) If we solve the n equations = -^-7-) =1 if s = r (p umbral) = it s ^ r r = 1 n for^- ( -j we find jdy (p) _ (Jgp) so that we may write or , n umbral) V/ Jg 9*** showing that ^^ is a contravariant tensor of rank one. We may then put (X t } = ^g X* and our previous result takes the 1 d form that -7= (V0 X") is an invariant; X 9 being any contra- \gdx (8 ' variant tensor of rank one. This metrical invariant is known as the divergence of the contravariant tensor. 5. SPECIAL RESULTS If u(x m - - - x (n) ) is any invariant function of position the rule of differentiation du du dx (9) f , 1N T~T^ = TT^ -^~77\ ( s umbral) 48 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 0tt tells us that the n functions X t = r-n form a covariant tensor dx { *' of rank one; this is known as the tensor gradient. If X r is any covariant tensor of rank one its simple product by itself or " square " is a covariant tensor of rank two, X r = X T X t . Hence by rule (d), Ch. 2, 4, (f'X T X is an invariant (r, s umbral) This is called the square of the magnitude of the tensor. In particular the square of the tensor gradient is the invariant A . du du , , lx AlWHEE/ o^>dx^> (r,* umbral) This is known as the " first differential parameter of u." Similarly the magnitude of the square of a contravariant tensor of rank 1 is the invariant g^X^ X^ . Again 9 "<^ = X' (r umbral) oar is contravariant of rank one (rule (d)). Hence 7r JIT) ( ^S 9" Q-^) ) is & n invariant (r, * umbral) by the result of the preceding paragraph. It is written and is known as the " second differential parameter."* In ordinary space of three dimensions in which the s's are rec- tangular Cartesian coordinates g n - if r =t= * = 1 if r = * and g rt = /'; Vjj = 1 so that A 2 w takes the form d z u . d*u . d z u I i /o^o I dx (l)2 * Larmor, J. t Transactions Cambridge Phil. Soc., Vol. 14, p. 121 (1885), obtains this transformation in the case n = 3 by the application of the Calculus of Variations. THE METRICAL CONCEPT 49 When we change over to any " curvilinear " coordinates y WP Viavft i in Her thft form we have under the form the expression of this magnitude in a form suited to the new coordinates. 6. GENERAL ORTHOGONAL COORDINATES Whenever we have, in any space, coordinates x such that the expression (ds) z involves only square terms, i.e., g r , = if s ^ r, the coordinates are said to be orthogonal (for a reason to be explained later). It is usual to write, in this case, I i accordingly so that 1 11 1 i 9nn ~ ft 1 *~W A 2 2 An 2 ' 11 Z, 2 ~n Z, 5 9 == 1 ' * ' 9 "* The square of the gradient is / du \ 2 A , J, 2 f vu> \ _1 2 ( dll \ 2 whilst the A 2 w = AiA t-A\(A; '*'l 1 /i\ I | \oa: a) / quantity -JL( d ( hl du W ^lax^VA.--- Andz'V 1 d ( An du The reader should write out the explicit formulae for space polar and cylindrical coordinates in ordinary space of three dimensions. 50 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 7. THE SPECIAL OR RESTRICTED VECTOR ANALYSIS In the form given to the theory by Heaviside and others only those coordinates x or y were considered in which the fundamental metrical form is d** = (<&i (1) ) 2 + ---- h (<& (n) ) 2 s (dy w )* + ---- h (rfy 00 ) 8 These coordinates we call rectangular or orthogonal Cartesian coordinates and the space we call Euclidean. It is true that use was made of Stokes' Lemma to find expressions for important invariants as A 2 w in other than orthogonal Cartesian coordinates but no attempt was made to define the components of a vector in these coordinates. Now when we restrict ourselves to that subgroup (of all the continuous transformations) which carries us from one set of orthogonal Cartesian coordinates to another the distinction between covariant and contravariant tensors com- pletely disappears. The transformations are necessarily of the linear type x (r) = My w (s umbral, r = 1 n) where the a's are constants. Since here /= g = !,/*= 1* and so the equations just written have a unique solution for the y's. To get this most conveniently note that dx (r) = (a rt )dy (t) and squaring and adding we have (a r ,)(o r j) = t ^ s (r umbral) = 1 t = s Hence multiplying the equations for x by a rt and using t as an umbral symbol we find (a r )z (r) = (a r )(a r .)y<-> (r, * umbral) Accordingly the equations of correspondence defining covariant * We shall consider only direct transformations; those for which J = + 1. THE METRICAL CONCEPT 51 and contra variant tensors are, for this restricted set of trans- formations, identical. Again denoting by (A rs ) the cof actor of (a rt ) in the expansion of the determinant J we have by the usual method that and since the solution is unique we must have (a r( ) = (A r t)* Hence since g = 1 we have that the n distinct components of an alternating tensor of rank n 1 form a tensor of rank one. It is for this reason that when n 3 it was found necessary to discuss but one kind of tensor that of the first rank which was called a vector.^ Still some writers felt a distinction between the two kinds; that of the first rank they called polar and the alternating tensor of the second kind, whose three distinct com- ponents form a tensor of the first kind, they called axial. Thus a velocity or gradient are polar vectors (the first being properly contravariant, the latter covariant) whilst a curl or a vector product are axial vectors. When, in the mathematical discussion of the Special Rela- tivity Theory, it was found convenient to make n = 4 [the trans- formations (Lorentz) being still those of the linear orthogonal type], a new kind of tensor or vector is introduced. Here it is the alternating tensor of the third rank which, when we consider merely its four distinct components, is equivalent, from its definition and the properties of the transformation, to a tensor of the first rank or " four-vector." There remains the alter- nating tensor of the second rank and the six distinct components of this were known, for want of a better name, as a six-vector. As an example of the general theory we have that dX (g) . (a) the divergence of a four-vector , . is an invariant. OX (s umbral) * This is merely a special case of the previous result that J -~-^ = (/r). f Until a consideration of non-alternating tensors became desirable. 52 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY (6) From any six-vector X Tt we may derive a four-vector (really an alternating tensor of the third rank) Y _ dX I dXt i dXtr ~ (t) (r) (>) It is this four-vector that was written lor X n in honor of Lorentz. 8. GENERALIZATION OF THE RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP be- tween an alternating tensor of rank r and one of opposite kind of rank n r from the case r = I already treated to a general value of r. We have already seen that" where J is the determinant of the transformation and (J. p ) is the cofactor, in the expansion of J, of the element dx (t) (j lp ) = ^-r:* of this determinant. Hence J* 'in V, Now the determinant of the minors of J is well known to be equivalent to the product of J by the determinant of order n 2 obtained by erasing the *ith and *jth rows and the nth and f2th columns of J affected with its proper sign (the determinant of order n 2 is the cofactor of /(ri) dy (rt) in the Laplacian ex- THE METRICAL CONCEPT 63 pansion of / in terms of two row determinants from the *ith and s 2 th rows and the nth and r 2 th rows). Hence we have the result that the n(n l)/2 distinct components of an alternating covariant tensor of rank n 2 when divided by V<7 form the distinct components of an alternating contravariant tensor of rank two. And so in, general. Similarly the ( j distinct com- ponents of an alternating contravariant tensor of rank n r when multiplied by V<7 form an alternating covariant tensor of rank r. Example. Take n = 4, r = 2 and consider the linear orthog- onal transformations of the Special Relativity Theory. Here Z M = Z<; Zi, = X 42 ; Z 14 = X* Z 23 = Z"; Z 24 = Z; Z 3 4 = X 12 The two tensors or six vectors X rt and X rl were said to be reciprocal* * Cf. Cunningham, E., The Principle of Relativity, Ch. 8, Camb. Univ. Press (1914). CHAPTER IV 1. GEOMETRICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE COMPONENTS OF A TENSOR DEFINITIONS (a) Direction of a curve at any point on it. At any point u on the curve V\ specified by the equations z<> = x<>(w) (, = 1, ..., w ) whose length s from a fixed point UQ is defined by the integral : f /m j du du we may form the n quantities j j -J as du du / _ -i \ V' A > > n ) We exclude from consideration here the " minimal " curves along which ds = 0. Since X r = dx (r) is a contravariant tensor of rank one and ds is an invariant we have that the n quantities l (r) form a contravariant tensor of rank one which we call the " direction " tensor of the curve at the point in question. The n components we call direction coefficients. The equation of definition = g rt dx (T) dx (t) (r, s umbral) shows us that g rt fi r) l (t) = 1 so that a knowledge of the mutual ratios of the direction coefficients suffices to determine their magnitudes (save for an indefiniteness as to sign). Otherwise expressed the magnitude of the direction tensor is unity. Fixing the indefiniteness as to sign by a particular choice is said to fix 54 THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 55 a sense of direction on the curve and the curve may be then said to be directed. 2. (6) Metrical Definition of Angle Consider two curves with a common point and let their direc- tion tensors at this point be l (r) and m (r) . The simple product X rt = l (r) m (l) is contra variant of rank two (Rule (c), Ch. 2) and so the expression g rt l (r) m (t) is invariant (r, s umbral; Rule (d), Ch. 2). This we call the -cosine of the angle between the two curves (directed) at the point. If the quadratic differential form defining (ds)* is supposed to be definite, i.e., if it is supposed that (ds) cannot be zero, for real values of the variables z (r) and dx (r) save in the trivial case when all the dx (r) = 0, it can easily be shown that the angle defined in this way is always real for real curves. Let us write instead of dx (r) the expression XZ (r) + M m(r) an d thus form the quadratic expression in X and n This is not to vanish for real values of X, /* save when X = 0, n = (we suppose the quantities Z (r) and m (r) all real and the two direc- tions as distinct). Using g ri l (r) lM = 1 = g n m (r) m M we have that X 2 + 2X M cos 6 -f M 2 = must have complex roots when regarded as an equation in X : M- Hence 1 cos 2 6 > so that the angle as defined above is always real for real directions under the assumption that (ds) cannot vanish on a real curve. It must be remembered however that this assumption is not always made, e.g., in Relativity Theory. When cos 6 = the curves are said to be orthogonal or at right angles at the point in question. 56 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY EXAMPLES In ordinary space with the z's as rectangular Cartesian co- ordinates we have the usual expression cos 6 = Z<ro< + J< 2 >ro< 2 > + J< s >m<*> where (J (1> , J (2) , J (I) ), (m (1) , m (2) , m (3) ) are the direction cosines of the two curves. If now we use any " curvilinear " coordinates (y w , y (2) , 3/ (l) ) the angle between two curves is COS 6 = Jrt In particular if we use orthogonal coordinates Thus for a curve in polar coordinates r, 0, It will now be clear why those coordinates in terms of which (ds)* has no product terms are said to be orthogonal. For QyJ Q x (m) fr, = 9im^-M^-7:r (from its co variant character) dy (r > If now all the coordinates y but one, y (r) say, are kept constant we have a curve whose equations, in the x coordinates, may be conveniently specified by means of the parameter y (r) X M = z(->(yM) ( S = 1, ...,n) Through each point y there pass n curves of this kind which we shall call the n coordinate lines y through that point. On the rth of these coordinate lines the direction tensor is ds THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 57 and so the vanishing of the component / r states that the co- ordinate lines y (r) and y (t) are orthogonal. Hence if (ds) z does not contain any product terms the coordinate lines are everywhere, all mutually orthogonal and so the coordinates are said to be orthogonal. In ordinary space, i.e., where the a;'s are rectangular Cartesian coordinates and where the y's are orthogonal co- ordinates, /^p Ll Zr and /n = so that - \dy (1 >J (du (l) Y y \ dx") a result which is sometimes useful in the calculation of the coefficients /n, /22, /ss of the form (ds) 2 in the curvilinear coordinates y. 3. RESOLUTION OF TENSORS If we consider any covariant tensor X r of rank one and take the inner product of this into a direction tensor l (r) we derive the invariant Xrl (r) (r umbral; Rule (d)). This we call the resolved part of the co variant tensor along the direction / (r) . Let us now make a transformation of coordinates from x to y and consider the coordinate line y (>) . The n components of the direction tensor for this curve are proportional to . To determine the actual values of these components we must divide through by the positive square root of yy (/,m umbral) and this is equivalent to 58 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY The equations defining the covariant correspondence for a tensor of the first rank are Ft I *^~ 1 *J f 1 1 TY\ w\f*Q 1 ^ J -^'^TTn " ~ L > n > r umorai; = V/H times the resolved part of the tensor X r along the co- ordinate direction y w EXAMPLE Space polar coordinates y in ordinary space of three dimensions. The x are rectangular Cartesian coordinates. Denoting the resolved parts of the covariant tensor X in the directions 2/ (1) > y (2) > y (3) by R, 0, $ respectively we have since /n = 1 ; / 2 2 = r 2 ; / M = r 2 sin 2 FI = R; Yz = r0; y, = r sin 0<t>. The three distinct components of the alternating covariant tensor of rank two, curl X, in polar coordinates are dR o . . f.,.. -- (r sm 6$) d<t> dr Similarly for cylindrical coordinates p, <f>, z where f\\ = 1; /22 = p 2 ; /as = 1 if we denote the resolved parts of X along the three coordinate directions by R, $, Z we have Y\ = R; F 2 = p$; Y 3 = Z and the components of the curl are at once written down. Resolution of Contravariant Tensors. To define what is meant by this we require, not as before the coordinate lines y (r) along each of which all the coordinates y but one, y (r \ are constant, but the coordinate spreads F_i along each THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 59 of which all the variables but one, y (r) say, vary. The parameters HI - ?/ n _i may here be very conveniently chosen to be the coordinates y\ y n themselves omitting y (r) , and then 7/ (r) is a constant (a particular function of u\ u n -i). Now, in general, when we have a V n -\ specified by equations X M = x W( Uli ... f Un _^ ( s = i, . . ., n) we obtain on the spread, through each point, n 1 parameter lines by letting in turn each parameter vary, keeping all the rest fixed. Any one of these, u r varying, say, has at the point in question a direction tensor whose components are proportional to . Let us look for a direction orthogonal at once to the n 1 directions of these parameter curves. Such a direction tensor has components n (1) n (n) say and is said to be normal to the spread V n -\ at the point in question. To express the required orthogonality we have n 1 equations dx (m) gi m n (l) - = (/, m umbral; r = 1 n) du r homogeneous in the n (1) n (n) and thus serving to determine then* mutual ratios. To actually solve divide across by one of the unknowns n (n) say and we have n 1 linear, non-homogene- ous equations for the (n 1) unknowns (1 > < n - * * The algebra following here is somewhat complicated and so it may be desirable to derive the expressions for the components of the normal direction tensor to the spread y (n) as follows. Working with the coordinates y the n 1 parameter curves y (>) varying (s = 1, , !) have their direction coef- ficients proportional to (1, 0)1 (0, 1,0 0)f (0, 1, 0) 60 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY The determinant of the coefficients has as the element in the rth row and *th column (m umbral; r, s = 1, , n 1) du r This determinant is therefore the product of the two matrices 9\\ <7i2 * ' ffi* du\ du\ 0*-i, i <7-i, each of n 1 rows and n columns. It is well known that this product can also be written as the sum of products of all corre- respectively. The n 1 equations expressing that n (r) is orthogonal to these n 1 directions are /, r n (r > =0 (t - 1, -, n - 1; r umbral) Hence the ratios the actual values being these divided by [one must be warned against thinking that "^ ( 1, , n) are contra- variant. When a change of coordinates from y to x is made the spread y(> = const, does not become x ( "> = const.] If now we wish to use x co- ordinates, the normal direction tensor, being contravariant of rank one, has components proportional to nW "fjjfi (r - 1, -, n; umbral) ay" dy<> dx r aSnSSfr a , umbral) -9**l (I umbral) If y<) = F(xO) f ., x (>) ) we have that the normal direction tensor to the spread has its components proportional to g lr r- the result required. THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 61 spending determinants of order n 1 that can be formed from each matrix. Let us write for brevity 2 n\ ( T } = ( 1^i and the determinant of the coefficients becomes (.)(/.) (sumbral) which s may be written g g nt (J s }. The numerators of the fractions furnishing vi v n -i are dealt with in the same way and we have (Since the (J a ) are really the n distinct components of an alter- nating contravariant tensor of rank n 1 we know that X (J a ) V^ is a covariant tensor of rank one verifying the contravariant character of the n (r) (Rule (d)))- If all the (J) vanish the point is said to be a singular point of the spread and the determination of n (r) becomes impossible. Let us now apply these generalities to the spread F n _i given by a single equation F(*< *<>) = connecting the coordinates x. We may solve for one of the coordinates, ar (n) say, in terms of the others x w x (n-1) and these others we use as the n 1 independent parameters of the spread: are then the equations, in parametric form, of the spread F_I. Our matrix dz (r) (r = 1, -^, n- s = 1, -, n - 1) 62 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY is now 1 1 and so dx(n> But, on differentiating the equation V(x w spread F_i we obtain so that whence : (J) : : (J.) = dV ^ dV ' dx M dV dV x (n) ) = of our _ 'dx In particular, if the spread Vn-\ has, in the y coordinates, the equation y (r) = const., we have for its normal direction tensor d) ... j n (n) = The actual magnitudes of these components are found by dividing THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 63 through by the positive square root of rh/ r > rhyW <"""" few '"'Ilk (r <>< umbral) Qy(r) Qy(r) which expression is = </ m ' T - 0* not umbral) If now we have a contravariant tensor X (r) of rank one it is meaningless to call J5T (r) / (r) the resolved part of the tensor in the direction I for the simple reason that this expression is not invariant but takes on different values in different systems of coordinates. However, we may first form the co variant tensor X t = g.rX^ (r umbral. Rule (d)} This tensor is said to be reciprocal to the contravariant tensor X (r) with respect to the fundamental metrical quadratic differ- ential form and its resolved part in any direction we call the resolved part of the contravariant tenser in that direction. Thus, for example, the res^lvcJ part of the contravariant tensor X r in the direction normal to the coordinate spread y (r) = constant is (s, p, t umbral) yto Hence any component Y (r) of a contravariant tensor of rank one is the product by V/ rr of the resolved part of the contravariant tensor normal to the coordinate spread y (r) = constant. It is now apparent that to deal with covariant and contravariant tensors of the first rank we require the coordinate lines through each point and the normals to the coordinate spreads through that point. When the coordinates are orthogonal, and only then, 64 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY these lines and normals coincide and a great simplification is due to this fact. This explains why orthogonal coordinates have been used, almost to the point of excluding all others, in the investigations of Theoretical Physics. 4. EXAMPLE (a) Space polar coordinates. These being orthogonal the normals to the spreads r = const., d = const., < = constant are the coordinate lines r, 6, <f> respectively and, if we denote the resolved parts of the contravariant tensor X (t) in these directions by R, 0, $ the three components are y(i) _ p. y(2) _ . y(s) _ *** 1 /I * A m M A r r sm 9 In general for orthogonal coordinates y with we have/"" = l/f rr and if, as usual, we write f rr = I/hS we have / = (hf A, 2 ... An 2 )- 1 and /" = h r * Here F (1 > = Ai(fli) 7 (n) = hn(Rn) where we denote by (Ri) - - (RJ the resolved parts of the contravariant tensor along the coordinate directions 1,2, , n respectively. The divergence of the contravariant tensor takes the form d h Thus, for space polar coordinates, the divergence is THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 65 and for cylindrical p [ dp d<t> dz ] Example (b) In order to illustrate the distinction between covariant and contravariant tensors we now consider oblique Cartesian coordi- nates y so that where the constants X, JLI, ? are the cosines of the angles between the oblique directed axes. Here 1 v /x y 1 X M X 1 = square of volume of unit parallelepiped with its edges along the three axes. i.e., Vf = sin X cos 0i = sin n cos B z = sin v cos 3 where 0i is the angle between the coordinate line y\ and the normal n\ to the coordinate plane y\ = const, with similar definitions for 62 and 6 9 . Hence = sec 0u =sec0 2 ; = sec 3 If we have any vector whose components in rectangular Cartesian coordinates (a: (1) , (2) , x (3) ) are -X"i, Zj, ^3 this vector may be regarded as either a covariant or contravariant tensor, i.e., X\ = X w ; Xz = X (2) ; Xz = X (3) and if we denote the resolved parts of this vector along the coordinate lines y by (X^, X^, XiJ and along the normals of the coordinate planes y by (X ni , X nt , X nt ) we have ^ = X^; YZ ^ X^', YS = Xi t = Vf 1 X ni = Z ni sec ^; F = X^ sec 2 ; T 3 = X nt sec 3 66 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY Hence (Yi, F 2 , Y 3 ) are the resolved parts of the vector along the three coordinate lines whilst (Y w , Y (Z) , y (3) ) are the components of the vector along these same directions. The tensors Y r and Y r are reciprocal with respect to the differential form (ds)*, i.e., Y l = y< + V Y<*> + /iY (3 >, etc. Let us now consider the contravariant tensor whose components are y (1 > = Pl y<i> ; y< 2 > = P2 y (2 >; y< 3 > s P3 y< 3 > where P i, P j, PS are scalar or invariant numbers; we find for the components in the rectangular coordinate system x yd> = yd) i __ i_ y(2) rz __ t- = Pl Z + Z2 + jy + etc ~ Pl \ dx^ dx^ S&Bjdj^ or X r = P /Z (* umbral) where r== , , Pl m (t) P * (t) Now r TTT is a contravariant tensor and -. is a covariant tensor dy ( dx (t) if we regard the y's as fixed and consider merely transformations on the x's so that P /, being the sum of three mixed tensors, is actually, as the notation implies, a mixed tensor of rank two. It was in this geometrical way that Voigt introduced the idea which he called a tensor. The mixed tensor P / is completely specified by the three directions y and the scalar numbers p\, pz, p 3 . If the mixed tensor is to be symmetric for every choice of Pit P 2, P s we must have These equations lead to the conclusion that the " axes " y of THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 67 the tensor are mutually at right angles and so such a tensor was called symmetric. In order to study the behavior of the vector X as X changes direction, keeping its magnitude unaltered, we may solve the equations for X and obtain X r = TT/Z- (s umbral) where from the geometrical construction TT/ is a mixed tensor with the same axes as p but ?TI = , etc., Pi so that r _ ldx (r) dy (l) ldx (r) dy Idx^dy ~ m M + ^^ ^ < 3 > ' Then squaring and adding the equations for X r we find that X traces an ellipsoid, called the first tensor ellipsoid. For a symmetric tensor the directions y are orthogonal so that YI = F 1 , etc. A simple example of a symmetric tensor is furnished by the uniform stretching of a medium along three mutually perpendicular directions successively. It was from this example that Voigt originally took the name " Tensor." Reference may be made to any treatise on the Theory of Elas- ticity for an amplification of the remarks of this paragraph. 5. GENERAL FORM OF GREEN'S FUNDAMENTAL LEMMA Starting with any invariant function of position F(z (1) z (n) ) we have seen how to form its covariant tensor gradient dV the square of whose magnitude is the first differential parameter of F 68 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY Now the normal direction tensor to F(x (1) a; (n) ) = const, has components whose ratios are n< : : : <"> = f : . . . : g*" (s umbral) the actual magnitudes of these being found on division through by the positive square root of AiF. Hence the resolved part of the covariant tensor gradient along the normal is i - ^^ (M umbral) and this is = VAiF.* This we shall call the normal derivative cf V and denote by the symbol i gradient along any direction I is dV cf V and denote by the symbol The resolved part of the on dV This we denote by -?r and call the directional derivative of V ol along the direction 1. The angle 8 between n and I is given by 1 dV cos 6 = gJPn - = f-PV" ('. , * umbral) az (r) Hence showing that the maximum directional derivative is that along the normal. (In general, if we say that any covariant tensor X T has a direction specified by the reciprocal contravariant tensor X' = fX r (r umbral) * If we define the " direction " of any covariant tensor of rank one as that of its reciprocal contravariant tensor we may say that the gradient of any invariant function of position has a direction normal to it. THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 69 the resolved part of X r along any direction / is the product of the magnitude of the tensor into the cosine of the angle between I and the direction of the tensor.) The contravariant tensor reciprocal to the gradient of V is Accordingly, on multiplying each of these expressions by V0, we derive the n distinct components of an alternating covariant tensor of rank n I (cf . Ch. 3, 4) and so we can form the integral /_! I~-i s f over any spread of re 1 dimensions given by the symbol (J r ) denoting as before (- l)n-r^ The normal contravariant tensor to the spread of re 1 dimen- sions has, as has been shown, components proportional to g rt (J t ) (r = 1, , re; s umbral) the actual magnitudes being found by dividing through by the positive square root of gimg l '(J*)g mt (Jt) (I, m, s, t umbral) = 0"(^)(7*) (s, t umbral) dV dV Hence /-(J.) z-^y = product of V '(,/.) (J)by fa ^ direc- tional derivative V normal to the spread V n -i over which is being extended. Hence we may write 70 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY where by dV n -.\ we mean the invariant V^ m< (J m )(t/ t ) du\ dun-\. (That this is invariant follows from rule (d) since V<7 (Jr) is a covariant tensor of rank one (cf. Ch. 3, 7).) Applying Stokes' Lemma to /_! we have where the integral 7 n _i is extended over any Vn-i which is closed and the integral / on the right is extended over any region of space V n bounded by Fn-i. Here and dV n is the invariant V<7 d(x m z (n) ). dV If, instead of the contra variant tensor X r = g rt ^-7-5 > we start * out with where U is an invariant function of position we find On interchanging the functions U, V and subtracting we have which is the usual form of Green's Lemma. The previous equation may be written where A(C7, F) is the invariant mixed differential parameter (r, S umbral) THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 71 In particular, if the invariant functions U, V are identical we have - on The last identity is the basis of various uniqueness theorems of dJJ Theoretical Physics. If we know the values of U or - over a dn closed V n -i as well as the values of A 2 I7 throughout the region bounded by Vn-i the function U is unique, save possibly to an unimportant additive constant. For, applying the last identity to the function W = TJ\ U-t where U\ and C7 2 satisfy the above conditions, we have -dVn = Now under the hypothesis that is a definite form we see that &\W is one signed and vanishes only dW when all r^are zero. Hence since fAiW-dV n = we must dx (r) dW have rr = throughout the region of integration (r = 1 n). OX V ' Therefore, W is a constant and if the values of U are assigned W = Ui - U z = on the boundary and so W = or Ui = Uz- The whole argument depends on the definiteness of (ds) z . Suppose we wish to apply the theorem to solutions of the wave equation dx z dy* Here we have 72 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY and so and the theorem cannot be applied since AiF can vanish without implying the vanishing of all the derivatives. 6. APPLICATION TO MAXWELL'S EQUATIONS One of the most interesting applications of the algebra of tensors is the discussion of Maxwell's Electromagnetic Equations. These consist of two sets, which in the symbols of restricted vector analysis and the units employed by Heaviside are = j; div D = p c at (6) ~ + curl E = 0; div B = C at D is the electric displacement, H the magnetic force, and j the current vector; B is the magnetic induction, E the electric force and p is the volume density of electrification. We take n = 4 and as coordinates, in the above form, x w = x . x w = y . x m = 2 . x (4) = t If we assume that XM = B x ; Xti = B v \ X\i = B,', Xu = cE x ; Xu = cE y ; X u - cE. are the six distinct components of an alternating covariant tensor of rank two, the four equations (6) express that V _ dX\i , 6X23 i dXii _ dB t , dB x . 3B V .. D A ui = ---- h -z -- H -r = -z- + ^ + -r-^ = div B = 0, 02 ox ay az ox oy Y &Xi* i dXu_^&Xn _ dB t , / dE v dE x \ A 114 = ZT- T -3 -- T -r = -rr + C I = - = 0, dt dx dy dt \ dx dy ) Y = d^n i dXu , 8X41 _ 6B V / d.E, dJ x \ _ ft A 1M a . ~r ~T ' -r i C I --- - I U, dt dx dz dt \dx dz J Y _ dXtt . dXu . dX& _ dB x i (dE B dE v \ n A M4 = -r^- + -5 h -3 =-sr + c(-r -- ? =0 d< dy dz dt \ dy dz J THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 73 In other words the integral * SBxd(y, z) + Byd(z, x) + B,d(x, y) + c^(;r, , + C^(2, is the integral of an exact differential its value when extended over any closed spread Vz is identically zero. Hence its value when extended over any open spread Vz can be expressed as a line integral J*X r dx (r) round its boundary. On writing X\ = A x ', Xz = A v \ Xa = A t \ Xi = c0 we have 72=7!== f(c<l>dt A,j(ly A^dy and an application of Stokes' Lemma tells us that _ dX T dX t or 7? = Y = 2 _ ^-^3 = dA f _ dA y ~ ~""~'' dA x dA, n _ dA v dA dz dx ' dx dy ^r -- Y -dXi dX 4 _ dA x d< c&x = A 14 = dt dx The covariant tensor of the first rank (A x , A v , A t , c<f>) is the " electromagnetic covariant tensor potential " of which the first three components form Maxwell's vector potential, < being his scalar potential. Similarly, if we assume that ( D x , D v , D g , cH x , cH v , cH t ) are the six distinct functions of an alternating covariant tensor X rt of rank two the equations (a) say that 74 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY and we have Iz = Iz where 7 2 = fcH^x, + cHJ(y, t) + cH4(z, <) - D x d(y, 2) - Dyd(z, x) D4(x, y), h = fcj,d(y, z, f) + cjJL(z, x, f) + cj t d(x, y, t) pd(x, y, 2) 7 2 being taken over any closed spread F 2 of two dimensions and 7 3 being taken over the open F 3 bounded by V?. Accordingly (jx, jv> j*> ~~ P/ c ) are tne f ur distinct functions of an alternating _ (j^ r ) tensor of rank three and so, on writing c(X\) = X 234, etc., r^- form a contra variant tensor of rank one (Ch. 3, 7). From its definition we know that its divergence is zero. This tensor we may call the current contravariant tensor and write fn _ Ji . _ ~ P u -- p , o -- p V0 c^g Let us now apply these methods to the problem of writing Maxwell's equations in a form suitable for work with curvilinear coordinates y w , y (y) , y w in space of three dimensions the time t not entering into the transformation. The equations connecting the x and y coordinates are of the type and denoting tensor components in the new coordinate system by primes we have 12 the terms in //i, H 2 , HZ vanishing since / TT \ / _ (H l} ' " THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 75 \^ > "^ ' -L. fll \ \^ ' ^ ' _1_ / Z7 N ^ > ^ / the terms in (Di) (D 2 ) (Z) 3 ) vanishing since te^> Hence in the three-dimensional space with coordinate systems (ar (1) , *' 2) , o; (3) ) and (?/ (1) , i/ (2) , y (3) ) the variable / being regarded merely as a parameter which does not enter into (ds) 2 = g ra dx^dx^ = frJyVdyM (r, 5=1,2, 3) the three quantities (Di) (D z ) (#3) are the three distinct members of an alternating covariant tensor of rank two. Hence ^ = X r iff / n \ _ is a contra variant tensor of rank one; similarlv ^ ^- = X r is a V0 _ contravariant tensor of rank one whilst E r = X r and H r = X T are covariant tensors of rank one. We derive by our rule (d) of composition the invariants (ED) . (EB) . (HP) . (HB) V? V<7 Vsr V^ where as in the usual vector notation (ED) = EiDi + E Z D Z + E 3 D 3 and similarly for the others. Dividing Maxwell's equations, as usually written, across by V<7 we obtain - z- + -curl r (10 = & (r = 1, 2, 3) cdt V0 (where C r = -^is the contravariant current vector). V? 76 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY div Z = p where p is the invariant charge density and similarly from the second set + i|l' + J = ciirl r OE)-0 cdt V0 div X r = Denoting, then, as usual resolved parts along the coordinate lines by subscripts (li, h, /j) and along the normals to the coordinate surfaces by the subscripts (n\, n$, n 3 ) we have the three equations The equation div X T = p becomes ^ + sps ( ^ ^ I (by D, is meant the resolved part of the contravariant tensor Z)/V? along the direction ni). The equations (6) are similar and are simplified by the fact that there C,, *,, C w ,, p are all zero.* * When the coordinates y are orthogonal (<fc) - -, (dy<) 4- ^ (<*>)* + ^ (rfy<) f / - ...... ; /" - hi*, etc., and Maxwell's equations become since ni - li, etc. i "i "a and two similar equations together with Cf. jRienumn-W6r, Die PartieUen Differentialgleichungen der Mathemat- ischen Physik, Bd. 2, p. 312 (Vieweg & Sohn) (1919). THE RESOLUTION OF TENSORS 77 EXAMPLE In space polar coordinates Maxwell's equations are c dt r 2 sin 6 cdt r sin ^^4^ lj- r (r sin 6D r ) + i (r sin 0D,) + ^ (rD.) I = p It is particularly to be noticed that Maxwell's Equations are essentially of a non-metrical character. No real simplification is introduced by the hypothesis that the fundamental space is of the ordinary Euclidean character. Another point to which attention should be directed is the difference in character of the tensors B and H or of D and E. A relation of the familiar type H, the coefficient of permeability, being supposed invariant is not the proper mode of statement of a physical law if we under- stand by B\, 5 2 , BZ the three components of the tensor B. The true statement of the law is where by (B)i we mean the resolved part of the contra variant tensor CB)/V<7 along the direction I and by (H)i we mean the resolved part of the covariant tensor H along the same direction. Thus any constitutive equation of this type is an allowable state- ment of a physical law not because it is a tensor equation (since it is not such), but because it is an equality between invariant magnitudes or a scalar equation. The true tensor equation is found by equating the covariant tensor i*H to the covariant tensor reciprocal to the contravariant tensor CHAPTER V 1. CONNECTION OF TENSOR ALGEBRA WITH INTEGRAL INVA- RIANTS AND APPLICATION TO THE STATEMENT OF FARADAY'S LAW OF MOVING CIRCUITS* Suppose for example we have a curve V\ whose equations z<> = x ^(u, T) (= 1, ..-,n) involve a parameter T. This curve may be said, adopting the language of dynamics, to move and trace out a Vi whose equa- tions are those given above, the parameters being u and T. Any one of the curves T = constant will then be a position of the moving curve. We shall suppose that the values of u serve to identify the various points on the moving curve; thus if u denotes the distance along the initial position of the moving curve from a certain fixed point, or origin, the curves V\ obtained by taking u = constant (wo) in the equations x (.) = a.(.)( W) T ) (5 = 1, ..-,n) are the path curves of the definite point on the curve V\ which initially was at the distance w from the origin on V\. It will fix our ideas to Consider V\ as made up of particles of a fluid; then the curves V\ are the paths of the various material particles of V\. It is well to insist, at the outset, on the point that the parameters u and r are independent. Thus if the moving curve V\ were rigid, u could be taken as the arc distance along V\ at An elementary presentation of the theory of Integral Invariants is given by Goursat, E., in two papers: (a) Sur les invariants intgraux. Journal de Mathematiques, 6 e se>ie, t. IV (1908), p. 331. (6) Sur quelques points de la the'orie des invariants intdgraux. Journal de mathe'matiques, 7* s6rie, t. 1 (1915), p. 241. 78 INTEGRAL INVARIANTS AND MOVING CIRCUITS 79 any time r; if, however, as in the case of the curve made up of material fluid particles, V\ is not rigid, u may only be taken as the initial identifying arc distance; otherwise u would vary with T. Let us now consider an integral I\ = J*X r dx (r) extended over V\ and ask the conditions that l\ should be the same for all the curves V\, i.e., that I\ should not vary with T. If this is so, /i is said to be an integral invariant. Now /i is in general a function of r defined by X"' / rM r >\ lx r ~^\du (rumbral) the limits U Q and u' being, however, since u and T are independent, quite independent of T. Hence dr dr \ du The coefficients X r are functions of position and therefore involve r indirectly; it is somewhat more general to contemplate the possibility that they may involve r, not only in this indirect manner but also directly. Then for any one of the coefficients X r we have dr dx (s ' dr It is now convenient to denote the contravariant tensor of rank dx (r) one by the symbol X r and to use the result or J -\ _.<V^ 1 *\ __(V\ * VM ft VM 3 -.(*} f umbral) dr du du dr du dx (8) du and we have dh = r (dXrdx" d_dx^\ , , ,, dr~~ f dr"du~ VXr dr~d^ dU dX ' \ dx(r) -u ^)-^r + 'dx^-d^ (r, s umbral) 80 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY dr dx (t) dz (r) J du (on modifying suitably the umbral symbols) Hence if dli/dr is to vanish identically for all curves V\ we must have dX r . v dX r , v dX'"' n / 1 U 1\ -dt +X dx" +X 'dx"^ Q (rl,---,n, umbral). Sometimes it is only necessary that /i should be unchanged for all closed curves V\\ in this case 1\ is said to be a relative integral invariant. To find the conditions for this we use Stokes* Lemma to replace the I\ over a closed curve by an 7 2 over an open F and then find the conditions that 7 2 should be an (absolute) integral invariant. The analysis necessary to find the conditions that an extended over a V v (moving) whose equations are . . Up> T ) ( 1 - n) should be an absolute invariant is identical with that given for the simplest case p = 1. Let us write as before dr ' and denote by the symbol F the derivative dF oF , dF v( m \ , i t\ T" s F~ + F7S (* umbral) dr dr dx (t > where F is any function of position which may also involve r explicitly. Then =f- [X tl .... f d(x^ . . **>)} (!< *,< umbral) INTEGRAL INVARIANTS AND MOVING CIRCUITS 81 since the limits of integration with respect to the variables u are independent of r. This we write ' dr and availing ourselves of the relation dr du r du r da; (m) du r we arrive at the conditions expressed in the form that - J- Y __ .,.... ^,...^^^- A ,.. f-fafij- dX (m) + ^IP-I^^V " ( umbral) An especially simple case is that in which p = n. Here there is a single condition ^ ,, fdXV\ . , n X i... ft + Ai... n ( ^ j (r umbral) Since Xi... n is the single distinct member of an alternating co- variant tensor of rank n *i.. = TjgU where U is an invariant function of position and writing out ., _ \... n , y, l... n dr 6aP> our condition that J'U-dVn should be an integral invariant may be written in the form or on dividing out by V<7> which does not involve r explicitly, f)TT - -- f- div (UX^) where as usual the divergence of the contra- OT 82 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 1 a variant tensor of rank one UX T is the invariant -= 77-: (V0 UX*"). V<7 dx (r) In this form the invariance of the condition for an integral invariant is apparent. If we are considering a moving charged material body where p is the density of charge, the total charge J*pdV n remaining constant gives us that where X (r) is the contravariant velocity tensor of rank one. Faraday's Law for a Moving Circuit. We have seen that the integral in each case being taken over the position of the moving curve at time T. The expressions dX r i -v.dXr i - must accordingly form a covariant tensor of rank one. In fact we ma write this as dX r . Yt \dX T dX t "~dr" \dx" dx" when the covariant character is apparent by rule (d*), Ch. 2, 4, since dX r _ dX( t ) _ y dx" dx" " is covariant of rank two and X t X (t) is invariant. Let us now write down the expression for dl^/dr where /a is any surface integral and transform the coefficients as above so as to make evident their tensor character. INTEGRAL INVARIANTS AND MOVING CIRCUITS 83 Writing /2 we get where ~Y dX r sj_ Yt-^ T8 i Y X m - Y vX the integrals being in each case extended over the position of the moving spread or surface V% at time T. We may write ~Y _ dXra I -rA I vX T8 , dX a t dX.tr : ~" where we have availed ourselves of the alternating character of X TS . The covariant character of X ra then follows from rule (d). We shall apply this result to the surface integral n = 3 so that (Z>i), (Da), (D 3 ) are the three distinct members of an alternating covariant tensor of rank two. Hence Z) (r) = (D r )/V<7 is a contravariant tensor of rank one. The covariant tensor of rank one whose curl appears in the expression for X ra is X rm X m (m umbral) so that its first component is It accordingly appears as that derived from the outer product of the velocity contravariant tensor and the displacement contra- variant tensor. 84 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY The expression If now we assume as Maxwell's equations for the moving material medium |-() = ccurlff-(j); divZK= p at where (j) is the alternating co variant current tensor of rank two, so that (j)Hg is the contra variant current tensor of rank one C r , we have for X r the equations X a = V ~ etc. Using Stokes' Lemma to transform the surface integral of the part in face brackets into a line integral as well as that involving curl H in dD^jdt we find The integrand in the surface integral on the right is found by writing r, s, t in cyclic order and summing the terms corresponding tor = 1, 2, 3 respectively. (The line integral is to be taken over the boundary of the moving surface.) The contravariant tensor pX (r) is called the convection current. In exactly the same way we obtain, on making a similar assumption as to what Maxwell's equations should be for moving media, INTEGRAL INVARIANTS AND MOVING CIRCUITS 85 there being now, however, no surface integral on the right-hand side. Accordingly the covariant tensor E r + - V0(^ (8) # (0 - Z ( '>5 (8 >) (r = 1, 2, 3; r, s, t cyclic) c is taken as the effective electric intensity along the moving curve; its line integral being called the effective electromotive force round the curve. (X (r) is the contravariant velocity tensor.) On multiplication by charge this tensor gives the mechanical force tensor. Example. In space polar coordinates the mechanical force tensor per element of length on a moving curve with linear density a is II 11 { E T + - r 2 sm 0(0 fl J5,* v^Bg) - r -. - } crds c r sm 6 J I rE e + - r 2 sin 0(v+B r - v r BJ }-~ - 1 ads c r sin J (r sin &EA + - r 2 sin 6(v r B e v g Br) - \ ads c r\ where E r , B T , v r are the resolved parts of E, B, X along the direc- tion r and so on. To get the resolved parts of the mechanical force along the three coordinate directions multiply these by 1, - , : - respectively and we obtain the well-known formula r r sm F = E+[vB] c In the general case when the coordinates y\, y%, y$ are not orthog- onal the three resolved parts of the mechanical intensity (covar- iant) tensor along the coordinate lines y\, y%, z/ 3 respectively are TJT _ mr JTT | -* IJJ J T TTJ TJ I . where v ni v nt v nt denote the resolved parts of the velocity along the normals to the coordinate surfaces y\ const., yz = const., 3/3 = const., respectively. CHAPTER VI 1. THE TENSOR OR ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS Since the Calculus of Variations deals with properties of curves and surfaces without making any particular reference to the special coordinates used in describing the curves there must be a close relationship between that subject and that which we are discussing. It is this absolute or tensor character of the calculus of variations that has urged writers on Theoretical Physics to express the laws of physics, as far as possible, in the language of the Calculus of Variations. However, this subject has been placed on a clear and firm basis only within the past few decades and so it may be well to discuss one of its simpler prob- lems the more so as the solution of this problem is involved in the statement of Einstein's fundamental law of Inertia in the Theory of Relativity. Let us consider a curve V\, in space S n of n dimensions, given by the equations *<> = X M (U) ( = 1 n) and in connection with this curve a function, not merely of position, but of the coordinates x and their derivatives du The integral I\ over the curve V\ where has a value depending on the curve V\ as well as on the particular function. The problem we wish to discuss is: What, if any, are the curves V\ making, for a given function F, I\ a minimum, all the curves V\ being supposed to have the same end points. 86 THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 87 To answer this question we consider a new curve V\(a) given by the equations x (s) = x (s) (u, a) (a = 1 TO) where a is quite independent of u. We suppose this parameter a. to be such that when a = 0, Vi(a) makes /i a minimum. Vi(a) is now completely determined by the equations just written when a is given and so I\ is a function of (a) which may, we sup- pose, be expanded by Taylor's Theorem in the form (dT\ o? (d*I\ I (a) = 7(0) + a( ) +r^(^2J +" \da/ a=0 l-2\daV tt=0 This is written I (a) = 7(0) + 57 + 6 2 7 + and 5/ is called the first variation of the integral. If 7(0) is to be a minimum it is necessary (although not always sufficient) that 67 = for otherwise A7 = I(a) 7(0) would change sign with a when a is sufficiently small. Now the limits of the integral for 7i are fixed and so to find dl/da we have merely to differen- tiate the integrand F with respect to a. F involves a, not directly, but indirectly through the coordinates x and their derivatives x'. Thus dF dF dx<* . dF dx^' = J-T-. -- h - 777-5 (* umbral) da dx (s) da Q X (Y da and therefore dF a7 = p' / dF dx< , da J uo \jM* da , a uo a dx^ a Now dx^' ^ a 2 a; ( ' ) = d_ ^ dx^ da dadu du da so that, on integration by parts, 6F dx M ' , dF dx (t) "' C J,, 'dx (9) d dF da du 88 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY Since the end points of the curve are fixed, dx (t) /da = at the limits of integration and so the integrated part vanishes and, collecting terms, we have dF d dF dl r' = da J uo , du (s umbral) If ( ) is to be zero for all possible varied curves F(a) it is \da:/ a= o evidently sufficient and can be shown to be necessary that all the / ftf /) flV \ coefficients ( ^-77, 5 - r ) in this integral should vanish \dx (t > dud x ()'J a= o (s= 1, "-,n). These n expressions are the components of a covariant tensor of rank one where now, however, the term is used in a wider sense than hitherto. F is now not merely a function of the coordinates x but of their derivatives x' . From x (.r)' = d _j^ y w' tfumbral) we have , , n (r umbral) showing that -- - f = X r is a covariant tensor of rank one. dx (r) Suppose we wish to find the geodesies of our metrical space S n . These are the curves for which the first variation of the length integral is zero. so that dF dF . dx (T) dF dx the gim being functions of position. We shall find it convenient THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 89 to take as parameter u the arc distance s along the sought-for geodesic.* Then when we put a = after the differentiations F = 1, from the definition of arc distance s, and we have (dF\ _ 1 ~ (dx w \ - } so that X (r) ss (i 00 ) is the as / a , unit contravariant direction tensor along the sought-for geodesic. Also \ =1.9/7, (r< m >^ ~' / 9 ^ tm( - x > /a=0 ^ and our equations are (l) (m) _ <L_ ds (r, w umbral; t = 1 w) Multiply through by g pt and use < as an umbral symbol so as to obtain the n components of a contravariant tensor of rank one Qfftm _ J ^rm\ Q , . w 2ft?J pt (r)+m It is now convenient to introduce the Christoffel three-index symbols of the first and second kinds defined as follows: (6) {rs, t] = {sr, t] = g^[rs, p] * However, this rules out those minimal geodesies along which s is constant. 90 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY which equations imply gtq{rs, t] = gt q g tp [rs, p] (t, p umbral) , s [rs, q] Equations (a) give [rs, t] + [rt, s] = ~ Then we may write x (r) x m (dffg _ l^\ (f> m umbra ,) t, m] + [rm, t] - %[rt, m] - %[tm, r]] t, m] + [rm, t] - %[mt, r]} = x (r) x (m) [rm, t] since an interchange of the umbral symbols r, m in the last three-index symbol leaves the summation unaltered. Accordingly, on using the definition (6), the differential equa- tions of the geodesies are x (p) -f {rm, p}x r x m = (p = 1 n) From their derivation we know that these equations are contra- variant of rank one. We proceed now to obtain a general rule which makes the tensor character of equations of this type apparent on inspection. 2. THE FORMULAE FOR COVARIANT DIFFERENTIATION From the covariant character of the g rt we have (/,m umbral) . dfr._ ^d^dx^dx^dx^ ( BW QyW Q X (n) Qy(T) Qy( t ) Qy(t) -T 9 lm \Qy(r)Qy H" ) \ , n I (I, m, n umbral) y (i) ) * f \ , , ^ , dy (r) dy (t) dy ( where in the differentiation we have remembered that gi m is a THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 91 function of the y's only indirectly through the ar's. We easily obtain two other similar equations by merely interchanging (r, and (*, t) in turn. We are careful to so distribute the umbral symbols I, m, n as to facilitate combination of the three equations obtained in this way. Thus . ( d z x 9lm \dy^ dx (l) dy (r) dy (t) . dy (t) dy (r) dy (t) Now adding the first two of the equations and subtracting the third we have, on writing etc v _ dx(l) dx(m} dx(n) & x dx(m) ln > m l)M t^ gim " [I, m, n umbral] Now from its covariant character (p, q umbral) dx (m) , dy (p) To remove the coeflScient of , .^ ... multiply across by f s n ... dy (r) oy (t) oy (lc) and make s and k umbral when we get , m 1 dy (k) from the relation (contravariant) ,i umbral) 92 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY Finally from which on interchanging the role of the x and y coordinates we have _ = lrt M_ i /n , r W ' ' ' Jl Suppose now we have a covariant tensor of rank one X r so that Q x (r) F. = ^^-(7) ( r umbral) Then O i t __ Y v 1*1 /.\ \ ( ]\ f\ { m\ 1 *\ \ r H-r\~> rtT^*'rlT^^' I ri X [ s t f k]' {lm, r\ [+ on altering suitably the umbral symbols Zm to rp. These equations state that is a covariant tensor of rank two. Consider now a contra variant tensor of rank one so that p " *f (r umbral) Then M dy (t) ~ Q X (P) Qy(t) Q x (r) , , (r)^ (t) {TP ' CJ . n m ,i' ' ! 55 THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 93 These equations state that is a mixed tensor of rank two. These tensors of rank two are called the covariant derivatives of the covariant and contra variant tensors X r and X r respectively. Similar analysis can be carried out to obtain the covariant derivative of a tensor of any rank and character. To make this perfectly clear let us take the case of a mixed tensor X, T of rank two: yr= Y dy (t) ~ dx (l) dy w dy (t) dx (p) whence expressing that -^-^ X k p {ql, k} + X q k {kl, p\ is a mixed tensor of rank three being covariant of rank two and contra- 94 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY variant of rank one. In general, the covariant derivative of It will be noticed that + signs go with the contravariant symbols and negative with the covariant. Also the new label s is always second in the three-index symbols; the umbral label is first if taken from the contravariant and third if taken from the co- variant indices. 3. APPLICATIONS OF THE RULE OF COVARIANT DIFFERENTIATION (a) Riemann's four-index symbols and Einstein's Gravitational Tensor From any covariant tensor X r we obtain as its covariant derivative X T = r-^jj Xk{rs, k} (k umbral) and as its second covariant derivative dra v I AT v , , X r t = Y " From this by the elementary rule (6), Ch. 2, 2, of tensor algebra we derive a new covariant tensor X rtt = X rt9 and the difference of these is a covariant tensor of rank 3 by rule (a), Ch. 2, 1; i.e., THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 95 whence r a % X nt = X k \ {rt, k} - {rs, k} + {ps, k} {rt, p} - {pt, k} [rs, p} the terms involving the derivatives of the X r cancelling com- pletely out. Now Xk is an arbitrary covariant tensor of rank one and so by the rule (e), Ch. 2, 5 the converse of the rule (d) of composition a a faM^t' ^ ~fa&{ rs ' k ^ + lP s > k }{ rt >P\ ~ {pt,k}{rs,p} = Y & -A- rat is a mixed tensor of rank four of the type indicated by the positions of the labels. If we write k = t and use t as an umbral symbol we derive by rule (d) Einstein's gravitational covariant tensor of rank two Gr ^ The mixed tensor X rs t k is usually denoted by the symbol {rk, ts] and is known as the Riemann four-index symbol of the second kind. From it we obtain by the rule of composition the co- variant tensor of rank four [rj, **] = gjkXrst* = gjk(rk, ts} (k umbral) which is known as the Riemann four-index symbol of the first kind. From Einstein's tensor of rank two we obtain the in- variant G = g r 'G rs (r, s umbral) which has been called the Gaussian or total curvature of the space. This name is given since G is regarded as a generalization of the expression given by Gauss for the curvature of a surface (i.e., 96 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY n = 2). The term curvature is widely used in the literature of Relativity and so it may be well, in order to avoid a possible confusion of ideas on the subject, to discuss briefly what is meant by the curvature of a metrical space. To do this it is necessary to say a few words about the four-index symbols. We have, by definition, [a a ipgff***) ~fa&{ ps > k \ + {pr, t}{ts,k} - {ps,t}{tr,k}'] Recalling that \P r > ?] = 9*k{pr, k} we have a a /)/7 ~ = fa& [pr, g]~ ipr,k\ ([qs, k] -f [ks, q]) from definition of [qa, k] so that on operating similarly with and wfang g q k{ts,k\ = [ts, q] we find a a [pq, rs] 3= \pr, q] - [ps, q] - {pr, k\[qs, k] , k] (the terms {pr, t}[ts, q] and {pr, k}[ks, q] cancel since t and k are merely umbral symbols) . Finally, in terms of the three-index symbols of the first kind, Iwwl s ^w^ d-^)b'd + 9 kj ([p*, j\[qr, k] - [pr, j][qs, k]) (k, j umbral) Writing out, in the first two terms of this expression, the values of the symbols, e.g., ,ird a d ~] [pr> q] " = 2 [d^ 9rq + d^ 9pq ~ e& 9pr \ THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 97 we find , = i r a 2 a 2 a 2 m ' n - a 2 ~\ r) From this formula it is apparent that (a) An interchange of the indices or labels p, q merely changes the sign of the symbol. \pq, rs] + [qp, rs] = (6) Similarly [pq, rs] + [pq, sr] = (c) A complete reversal of the order of the labels does not alter. the symbol [pq, rs] = [sr, pq]. This depends on the sym- metry relations g ki = g ik . (d) If we keep the first label fixed and permute the other three cyclically we get 3 symbols whose sum is identically zero, i. e., [pq, rs] + [pr, sq] + [ps, qr] = The number of non-vanishing symbols which are linearly distinct now follows. If p = q or r = s the symbol vanishes on account of (a) and (6). The number of choices for the first pair (p, q) is HZ = - - and similarly for the second pair (r, s). However & relation (c) shows us that we do not get n 2 2 symbols by combining the two choices but n 2 2 ^2(^2 1) = ^2(^2 + 1) The relation (d) will still further reduce the number of linearly distinct symbols. When the indices or labels p, q, r, s have numerical values which are not all distinct the relation (d) merely reduces to a combination of the relations (a), (6), (c). There are therefore n(n T)(n 2)(ra 3) new relations in (d). How- ever since there are three letters q, r, s permuted cyclically, each 98 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY relation will occur three times. Each of the relations (a), (6), (c) , n(n l)(n - 2)(n - 3) , . , . . reduces the number -- - - - - which remains in o half and so there are n 4 = n(n l)(n 2)(n 3) -5- 24 distinct relations (d). There are accordingly but distinct Riemann four-index symbols. For n = 2 there is out one which we may write [12, 12], When we change the coordi- nates from x to y we have , [12, 12], = (pq, ] (from covariant character) Since there is but one distinct symbol [pq, rs] it will factor out on the right and we get (since there are but four of the symbols which do not vanish) [12, 12] y = [12, 12] -J* d(z (1) z (2) ) where J is the Jacobian , ' - We have already seen that [12 12] / = gJ 2 and on division we obtain the invariant K = - 9 It is this invariant which Gauss called the total curvature of the space of two dimensions under discussion. In order to compare this with the invariant g r 'G rt (r, s umbral; n = 2) we have G rt = {rt, ts} (t umbral) {since if p = I or t = 1, [Iptl] = by relations (a) and (6),} = - <7n[12, 12] -r g THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 99 from definition of </ 22 , = - gii-K Similarly G u = 12 [12, 12] = - gn-K = - g n .K Gn = <7 21 [21> 21] = giz-K = gzi'K from relation (c), 22 = n [21, 12] = -022-tf so that /<? = - Kfg n = -2K since - 2tf (r umbral) For a space in which, in some particular coordinate system x, the coefficients g rs are constants all the three-index symbols [pr, s] and in consequence all the symbols {pr, s\ and also the four-index symbols [pq, rs] and {pq, rs} = 0. On account of the tensor character of these latter symbols we know that the Rie- mann tensors [pq, rs] {pq, rs} will be zero no matter what the coordinates are. Conversely the vanishing of the tensor [pq, rs] expresses the fact that it is possible to find coordinates y such that the f r defined by the equations Q X (l) #("*) t~ m **yfiipS (/,m umbral) shall be constants. We may now apply the well-known method of reduction of a quadratic expression to a sum of squares (as in the determination of normal vibrations in dynamics where the expression for the kinetic energy is reduced to a sum of square terms) ; the transformations on the y's are linear in this operation and we finally get (If we restrict ourselves to real transformations there may be some negative squares; thus in the relativity theory there are three and one + term.) A space of this character is said to be Euclidean 100 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY and the y's are called orthogonal Cartesian coordinates. Rie- mann defines curvature by means of his tensor [pq, rs]. When this tensor vanishes the curvature of the space is said to be zero so that Euclidean space is one of Zero Riemann Curvature and conversely. If the ratio of the component [pq, rs] of the curvature tensor to the two-rowed determinant 9p is the same for all values of p, q, r, s, Riemann says the space is of constant curvature; otherwise the curvature will be different for different orientations at a point:* Gauss' total curvature, on the other hand, has a numerical value at each point in space and has nothing to do with the different orientations at that point. We may sum up by saying that a gravitational space is, at points free from matter, non-Euclidean, i.e., it has a Riemann curvature but its Gaussian curvature is zero. It may be well to call attention to the fact that the definition * The differential equatic ns of the non-minimal geodesies of any space are <Px" . ( lm\ rfz> dx<> -df- + i r S'dr~dT " (f " *' " *l1"*D a being the arc length along the geodesic. It is known that the solutions i (r) of these equations are completely determined by the values of x (r> and 3 for a particular value of , = let us say. This is stated geometrically by saying that through any point in space there passes a unique geodesic with a given direction. If, now, through a definite point we construct the geodesies with the distinct directions (r) and > <r) respectively (r 1, -, n) and con- sider the family of geodesies through the point in question obtained by assign- ing to each a direction tensor whose rth component is proportional to \%(r) _|_ ^w an( j then letting the ratio X : M vary, we obtain a geodesic spread Vt of two dimensions which at the point in question has the orientation deter- mined by the two directions and j through the point. It is the curvature of this geodesic Vi that Riemann calls the curvature of the space relative to the orientation determined by ( and ij. There is a remarkable theorem due to Schur (Math. Anualen, Bd. 27. p. 563, 1880) which says that if at every point the Riemann curvature of space is independent of the orientation the curvature at all points is the same. Such a space is, then, properly called a space of constant curvature. THE ABSOLUTE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 101 of Euclidean space given above is a " differential " definition; spaces which are Euclidean according to this definition do not necessarily satisfy the postulate that one can proceed indefinitely in a given direction without coming back to the starting point. The simplest example is the well-known one of a cylinder of unit radius. In this case n = 2, y m = <f>, the longitudinal angle measured in radians, and 7/ (2) = z, the distance measured parallel to the axes of the cylinder: (<fe) 2 s (<Z0) + (dzY = W>) 2 + W 2) ) 2 If the cylinder is cut along a generator and developed on a plane it will cover a strip of breadth 2r on the plane. If we take rectangular Cartesian axes in the plane, with the x (l) axis parallel to the strip, points whose z (2) = < differ by 2ir correspond to a unique point in the strip (that one with the same x w ) and to a unique point on the cylinder. Hence there are an infinity of straight lines (i.e., geodesies) joining any two points (with different z's) on the cylinder. They develop into the oo l straight lines joining the points (1 >, x + 2nir) (n = 1, 2, ) on the plane. It is evident that speculations as to the " finite- ness " or " infiniteness " of a space based on its differential characteristics must be regarded with distrust. CHAPTER VII 1. In this final chapter we shall treat in a brief way, as an application of the preceding analysis, the classical problems of Relativity. As in other applications of the methods of mathe- matical analysis to problems in physics the first, and here the most serious, difficulty is that of giving a physical significance to the coordinates. All systems of coordinates are, without doubt, equally valid for the statement of the laws of physics but not all are equally convenient. It is reasonable to suppose that for a given observer of phenomena a certain coordinate system may have a direct and simple relationship to the measure- ments he makes; such a coordinate system is called a natural system for that observer. It is necessary to define this natural system and to find by experience, or otherwise,* how the natural systems of different observers are related. This has been well done in the special or " Restricted Relativity Theory " but in the more general theory, which we propose to discuss here, much remains to be done in this part of the subject. In what follows we shall consider (a) the problem of determining the metrical character of the space-time continuum round a single gravitating center and (6) in consequence of the results of (a) the nature of the paths of a material particle and of a light ray in a gravitational field. We shall, following Einstein, make the fundamental assumption that the space which has a physical meaning or reality, i.e., with reference to which the laws of physics must have the tensor form (cf. Ch. 2, 1), is one of four dimensions (commonly referred to as the Space-Time continuum). * The relationship between the different systems may be arrived at by making various hypotheses whose truth or falsity must then be tested in the light of experience. 102 PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 103 2. THE METRICAL SPACE ATTACHED TO A SINGLE GRAVITATING CENTER We assume that for an observer attached to the gravitating center one of the four coordinates, x (4) say, of his natural system is such that the coefficients gu, gzt, #34 of the quadratic differential form for (ds) 2 vanish identically whilst those remaining are independent of z (4) ; z (4) is said to be a tune coordinate and the field is said to be statical. Accordingly (ds)* = 044(<fo (4) ) 2 + g lm dxWdx (I, m = 1, 2, 3 uinbral) Now in any space of three dimensions we can always find orthog- onal coordinate systems; for, writing the metrical (d$) 2 in its reciprocal form (ds) 2 = / ra 7? r T7, we have merely three equations f r * == -Q (r =J= *) or explicitly a i m 9 to determine the three unknown functions y of x so that the coordinate curves y may be orthogonal. There is no lack of generality, then, in writing (ds) z for the statical field in the orthogonal form where we have dropped the double labeling as unnecessary. (In general it is impossible to find orthogonal coordinates in space of four dimensions since there are now six differential equations f r> =0 (r ^ s) for the four unknown functions y and these equations are not always consistent.) We must now go through the details of evaluating Einstein's gravitational tensor (cf. Ch. 6, 3) for an orthogonal space. The relations g rs = 0; g rt = if r 4= s make matters com- paratively simple. We shall use r, s, t to denote distinct numer- ical values of the labels. Then 104 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY H(^> + i^-IfsH by<Mnition {rs,t} = ^[rs, k] ss g'^rs, t] = Q (k umbral) , r\ = {sr, r\ = /*[-, *1 - rr , r] = being the only umbral label here) similarly and {rr, 3} = - 9~J17 The Riemann four-index symbol of the second kind (cf. Ch. 6, 3) is defined by t \ ^ t \ I iif [pa, I] {/r, q] (I umbral) and those components vanish identically, for an orthogonal coordinate system, where the pq, rs are distinct; [{pr, 1} vanishes unless / = p or r in which case {/, q\ vanishes]. To evaluate the remaining symbols write r = q without, for the present, using q as an umbral symbol 1 dQ a \ . 1 d(j a dg T ~r dg p dg q 1 dg, 4g t g q dx (p) dx (l) The formulae from this on take a simpler form if we use the symbols H defined by g r z= H r 2 ', thus 1 d * H * 1 dH p dH q PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 105 Similarly we find {pq,qp} = - 1 d*H q .H p d*H p H p dHpdH q . **.p I 1 dHp dHq + . *" 1 dHp where r and s are the two labels different from p and q. The components of the Einstein tensor are now found by summing with respect to q. It will be recalled that [pp, rs] = (p, r, s any values distinct or not, cf. Ch. 6, 3). Hence {pp, rs} = g pk [pk, rs] = g pp [pp, rs] = (k umbral) Similarly {pq, ss] = 0, so that in forming Gu, for example, we need merely write 12 = {13,32}+ {14,42} whilst <?us {12,21} + {13,31}+ {14,41} It will be observed that differentiation with respect to x (p) and x (>) occurs in every term of {pq, qs} and so the absence of the time coordinate z (4) from the coefficients makes GU, GU, G& all iden- tically zero. We shall now make the following hypotheses of symmetry (a) we shall suppose that the coordinate lines z (1) are geodesies of the space (all passing through the gravitating center). The equa- tions of the non-singular geodesies have been found to be (Ch. 6, D x (r) + [lm, r}x (I) x (m) = (r = 1, -, 4; /, m umbral) where dots denote differentiations with respect to the arc distance which we take as our coordinate x (1) . Writing 4(8) = = z (3 > = i (4) , xi = 1 106 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY (since x (2) , x (8) , x (4) are constant along the coordinate lines x (I) ) we find {11, r} = which from the values given for this symbol yields g\ = constant. The constant is in fact unity since, by hypothesis, ds = dx m along the curves x (2) = const., (3) = const., x (4) = const. It is apparent that it is sufficient that ^i be a function of x (1) alone for we may make a change of variable x (1) = x (1) (y (1) ) leaving the other coordinates unaltered; the argument shows conversely that if g\ is a function of x (1) alone the coordinate lines x (1) are geodesies, the arc length along them being given by * = J V<7i dx (l \ (6) x (2) and x (a) are directional coordinates serving to locate a point on the geodesic surface x (1) = const., x (4) = constant. We shall suppose that the arc differential on this surface (which may conveniently be called a geodesic sphere) cannot involve the " longitude " coordinate x (>) nor can the arc differential along a given " meridian " x (8) = constant depend on the " latitude " coordinate x (2) . Hence g t is a function of x (1) alone whilst </ 3 is a function of Xi and x> alone. (c) 04 does not involve the directional coordinates x (2) and x (3) and so is a function of x (1) alone. Accordingly, then, x (8) does not appear in the expression for (<fo) 2 and so, in addition to Gu = 0, Gu = 0, (734 = we have GU = 0, (?23 = 0. We must wiite down the five equations Gu = 0, Gu = 0, G n = 0, 33 = 0, Gu = 0. The fact that H 4 is a function of x (1) alone and HI = 1 (x (1) being the arc distance along the geodesic curves x (1) ) gives {14, 42} = and from (? = {13,32} = Owe get which gives, on integration with respect to x (1) , 1 dH -=5- s-ja = a function independent of Xi (A) .a 2 ox' ' PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 107 n = yields (?44 = gives t g 3ff 4 [ 1 dH 2 3 _ Q * which on integration with respect to z (1) gives independent of * (C) f Eliminating -^ between (C) and 04) we get H z * -r-^ independ- 2 ax (1) ent, of x (1) . Since it cannot involve any variable but x (1> we have H<?Hi a constant a, let us say; (C") primes denoting differentiations with respect to x m . f)H dd> Again from (-4) -^ = F 2 X a function of a; (2) = H 2 ^-^ say where ^> is a function of z (2) alone. Then H 3 = ^^ + / where 1 f&i] / is a function of z (1) alone. Now (5) shows that - is a - 2 function of z (1) alone so that its derivative with respect to vanishes. Evaluating this derivative we find = We can now proceed in various ways; either make < a constant or fHz' f'Hz (of which the second factor is the derivative) a constant giving / = const. X Htj TTT^ We choose the latter HZ alternative and make the constant zero so that / = giving H 3 = H 2 <j> where <J> is a function of z (2) alone. 108 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY <p is determined by means of the equation Gzz = 0. This gives - 2 HW = (D) #4 On substituting H 3 = Hrf in (D) we find that - - - is equal ' to a function of x (1) alone; but from its form and the definition of it cannot involve a: (1) and so must be a constant. This constant may, by a proper choice of unit for ar (2) , be put either 1 or zero. We choose the first alternative and find, by suitably choosing the origin of measurement for z (2) , < = sin x (2) . 33 = gives 1 dH, 1 dH< -- --- ---- } = V and on substituting <f> = sin x (2) , ^3 = Hrf, both (D) and yield the same equation HW + HM { jjJjL' + jjj I . i (B) gives On difiFerentiating (CO and eliminating H^H^" we find //2"/l4 = Hi'Ht which gives on integration #' = /3T 4 where is an arbitrary constant. Eliminating # 4 between (CO and (C") we have tf," which on integration gives where 7 is an arbitrary constant. PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 109 Putting # 4 = (Ht')fP in (#') we have 2# 2 # 2 " + (// 2 ') 2 = 1 so that 1 = 2y giving 7 = 1 and hence finally H 2 is determined by the differential equation and then # 2 2 <fo< 2 > 2 + sin 2 It is usual to change the coordinate z (1) , leaving the others unaltered. We write x (1) = x w (y w ) where y (l) = H 2 . and we have This is the form chosen by Einstein (that it is only one of many is evident from its derivation). If aft = it reduces to the well-known Euclidean form where y (l) = r, z (2) = 6, x (3) = $ are space polar coordinates. It remains to attach some physical significance to the constant a/3 and to take up the problem (6) stated at the beginning of this chapter. In order to conform to the usual notation we write henceforth y w = ir; z (2) = 6; x = <j>; z (4) = t where i 2 = - 1. Choosing the unit of z (4) or t so that /3 2 = + 1 and writing ia = a we have "' = - { ( 1 - sn 110 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY 3. DETERMINATION OF THE PATH OF A FREELY MOVING PARTICLE A physical law of inertia is postulated to the effect that a freely moving material particle in a gravitational field mil follow the non-minimal geodesic lines of the four-dimensional space time continuum which, for the single gravitating center, has the metrical geometry characterized by the form given above by A second postulate is that rays of light follow the minimal geodesies those for which ds = 0. In the ordinary Euclidean space these lines are imaginary, i.e., have points with imaginary coordinates but the occurrence of the negative signs in the ex- pression for (ds)* gives real minimal lines in our problem. For example, the light rays directed towards or away from the cen- ter, those for which 6 and < are constant, are characterized by the equation .(,.5)^., or j- In order, then, to solve the problem of the free motion of a material particle we have merely to determine the non-minimal geodesies whose equations are x (f) + {lm, p}x w x (m) = (cf. Ch. 6. 1) the dots denoting differentiations with respect to the arc length along the geodesic. For an orthogonal space of four dimensions these simplify to four equations of the type x (1) + {11, l}z< 1)2 + {22, l}(z<) + {33, l}(z (8) ) z + {44, l}(z>)* + 2{12, 1 }*>*< + 2(13, l)z (1) z< 8) + 2{14, l}z (1) z> = However we need use only three of these equations, replacing the fourth by g r x (r) x (t) = 1 which is easily seen to be a consequence of the differential equations z (r > + {lm, rJzWxO-o = PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 111 (if we multiply these by r and use r as an umbral symbol to obtain and then avail ourselves of the definition of the symbols [lm, s]. (Ch. 6, 1.) j- (grtXrXs) is found to be zero). In our problem it is convenient to omit the first of the four equations, the other three simplifying, on using the values for the three- index symbols given (Ch. 7, 2), to * 1_ /,v 2 ^0J , J[_d02 .a _ n ,,, 202 vv 02 C/7" where 0i = ( 1 ) ; 02 = 7-2; 03 = r 2 sin 2 6; To these we have to add the first integral gii* + g*P + gw* + g*i* = 1 (D) Equations (5) and (C) are immediately integrable giving gzb constant = h say (B 1 ) and gd = constant = + C say or on substituting the values of gz and 4 r 2 sin 2 0^ = h; (l-~\i-C Equation (^4) may be written (r 2 ^ - r 2 sin cos ^(<^ 2 = We now proceed to eliminate the parameter s and find a relation connecting 6 and 0. Assuming that < 4 s (0 = constant is a special case which is susceptible to the analysis given below on a 112 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY mere interchange of and tp) we have 6- so that On substituting the value of </> from (B) we have j = {2rr'6' + rtf"}^ 2 - r 2 0' - r'< 2 + 2 cot 00'< 2 where we denote differentiations with respect to the new inde- pendent variable <f> by primes. Equating this to r 2 sin 8 cos 0(<) 2 and dividing out by r 2 ^ 2 we obtain 0" - 2 cot 0(0') 2 = sin 6 cos If now we choose our directional coordinate so that initially We see that 0" = and then on differentiating the above equa- tion with respect to <f>, B'" = and so for all the other derivatives, i.e., is a constant as <f> varies. Otherwise expressed the general integral of the equation for as a function of <p is found by writing z = cot yielding 2" + z = to be cot = L cos (<f> -f M) where L and M are arbitrary constants. We choose our initial 1P conditions as above so that L = giving = - . Putting in this value for we find 1*4 =h (BO (0") \ r / and from (D) PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 113 Just as in the usual Newtonian treatment of planetary motion, it is convenient to write r = l/u and to again use <p as the independent variable. We have r = u/u z = u'<j>[u? = hu' (from J3') and then (Z)') yields, on making use of (C"), nz 1 Onu (u'Y + <u? = 2au* + g- + -- () Now, in the Newtonian treatment, the equation giving the path of a particle under a central force is u" + u = F/tfu? where F is the acceleration towards the center and h=r z - dt is the constant of areas. Instead of this we have on differen- tiating the equation (E) just obtained u" + u = 3au z + ?L /r so that we may, in a general manner, express Einstein's modifica- tion of the Newtonian law of gravitation by saying that there is superimposed to the inverse square law attraction an inverse fourth power attraction, the relative strength of the attracting masses being as 1 : 3h z . It remains to determine, at any rate approximately, the nature and magnitude of the constants a, h and C which arose in the integration of our differential equations. For large values of r, and therefore small values of u, the New- tonian law is a first approximation and so neglecting the term in u z in the equation for u", a = F/u z = jura; ju being the gravita- tional constant and m the mass of the sun. Hence if we choose our unit of mass so that n=l,a = m, where now m is what is known as the gravitational mass of the attracting center (notice that we have identified, for small values of u, our r and < with the usual polar coordinates of Euclidean geometry). The velocity of light directly towards the attracting center is 1 and accordingly f 114 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY our unit of time is such that for small values of u the velocity of light is unity; i.e., if the unit of length be 1 cm., the unit of time employed is 1/c seconds where c = 3.10 10 . In the theory of relativity there is no absolute distinction between space and time and so we refer to our time unit as one centimeter (1 cm. being the distance traversed by light in one time unit). It is to be observed that in Newtonian mechanics gravitational mass m has dimensions L*T~ Z so that if L and T have the same dimen- sions a = m has the dimensions of a length. The equation n i m "+- p of the Newtonian theory yields u - j z = P cos (<f> - ) where P and fa are arbitrary constants of integration. Comparing this with the polar equation of a conic lu = \-\-e cos <t> (I = semi-latus rectum, e = eccentricity) h* we have = I = A(l e-) where A is the semi-major axis. m If T is the period of revolution 2 X whence m = W{A(\ - r) = where o> is the angular velocity of the planet. This gives for the sun m = 1.47 kilometers or 1.47.10 6 cms. For the planets then m/r is a small quantity of the order 10~*. In order to determine the constant C we differentiate m ,- ... u = rj (1 + e cos 0) and find (') + if = j(l + 2e cos* + e 2 ) = ?gu - g(l - **) PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 115 and comparing this with the equation (E) we have It is to be observed that the values of m, C and h obtained in this way are found from the Newtonian theory and so are to be regarded as first approximations. In particular we have iden- tified the h of (J3') with r 2 -j- so that we have written -^ -^ at ds at Accurately (fromC") ds dt ds dt But M z = d- -V \ A/ so that neglecting quantities of the order 10~ 8 d<p d<p ds dt Substituting the expressions just obtained in (E) we have to integrate the first order differential equation f^Y = 2mu* -u?+ 2mu/h* - m 2 (l - This equation defines u as an elliptic function of <f>; or inversely <f> as an elliptic integral. It simplifies the algebra somewhat to write mu v and to put ra 2 /A 2 = a. We have already seen that ra 2 /F = - - so that if e is not very nearly equal to unity a is a small quantity of the same order of magnitude as m/A or 10~ 8 . Our equation is now (//7)\ 2 M = 2tf - Now the discriminant of the literal cubic tti* 2 + O2 + 3 = 116 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY is 4ai 3 a 3 27a 2 a 3 2 For the cubic on the right-hand side of the equation giving (dv/d<fi)* this is 8o 3 (l - Oe 2 ) - 108a<(l - e 2 ) 2 . On account of the small magnitude of a this is positive, the first term being the dominant one. Hence the cubic has three real roots which we denote, in descending order of magnitude, by i, tfc, *> When a = the roots are , 0, 0, and so we try first = ka and find k = (1 e) or (1 + e) and then secondly i + fra and find k = 2. Hence, to a first approximation, the three roots of the cubic giving (dv/dpy are t> 3 = a(l e); t = a(l + ); t>i = ^ 2a. Further since (dv/d<f>)* cannot be negative in the problem t must lie between t> 3 and 0j or between d and + oo . As r does not tend to zero v does not tend to oo and hence t> lies between Vt and 0j. We have "I */, dv The variable t> oscillates between the values r 3 and t>j; at these values dv(d<f> = 0, so that v has an extreme value; as v passes through the value t>j retracing its values both dv and the radical change signs so that <f> steadily increases. The change in <p between two successive extreme values of v, i.e., between peri- helion and aphelion of the planet, is p dt &<f>= I Jn It is convenient to make a simple linear transformation of the variable of integration. Write v = a + 62 and determine the coefficients a and 6 of the transformation so that to the roots r and 2 of the cubic will correspond values and 1 of 2 respectively. The values are a = r 3 ; 6 = v t v t and then the third root v\ PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 117 goes over into 2 = ^ where k 2 = - - The cubic 2(v Vi) (v Vz)(v vz) transforms into 26 3 2(1 2) [j- 2 2) so that k C 1 dz This simplifies considerably on writing 2 = sin 2 6 when in fact 2k C' 12 d6 Now jo 02 ^3 2ae (to a first approximation) is a small quantity of the same order of magnitude as a; hence we can expand (1 k z sin 2 0)~ 1/2 in a rapidly convergent series and a mere integration of the initial terms will give a very good approximation to A<p. The multiplier of the integral is 2 = x2M - = 2[1 - 2a(3 - e)]' 1 / 2 = 2[1 + a(3 - e)] and using J*' /2 sin 2 6 d8 = x/4 we find but F = 4ae to a first approximation so A?> = 7r{l + a(3 -e)}{! + ae] = Hence in a complete revolution the perihelion advances by an amount equal to m z _ 3m 6<X 6 -rr -- - e 2 ) r 2 (l - e 2 ) of a complete revolution, T being the period in our units. If we 118 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY wish to use the period in seconds and measure A in kilometers then the unit of time in the formula given is the time it takes light to travel 1 kilometer = 1/3. 10 5 seconds; hence if T is the period in seconds the fractional advance of the perihelion per revolution is , ftin<M/ , - 57 On substituting the values of 9.10 1 (1 (,) A, T, and e for Mercury's path this works out to be an advance of 43" per century. For the other planets e is much smaller than for Mercury and the amount of advance of perihelion is much smaller; save in the case of Mars the predicted advance is too small to be detected by observation. 4. THE PATH OF A LIGHT RAY IN THE GRAVITATIONAL FIELD OF A SINGLE ATTRACTING CENTER These paths satisfy the equation (ds) 2 = or ds = 0; they are geodesies since, ds being the non-negative root of the expres- sion for (ds) 2 , no curve can have a negative length. The method of the preceding paragraph does not, however, immediately apply since the arc length along a light ray, being a constant, cannot be used as an independent variable or parameter in terms of which the coordinates x may be expressed. Further in the discussion of Oh. 6, 1, it was assumed that the integral could be expanded in a Taylor series in powers of a so that the existence of the derivative (d//da) a= , was presupposed. It is apparent, however, on differentiation of ds = ^g tm dx (l) dx (m) (I, m umbral) a that if ds = when a = 0, (ds) becomes meaningless when da a on account of the zero factor (cfo)._o which occurs in the denominator. These difficulties are overcome in the following manner. If we investigate those curves (non-minimal) for which PROBELMS IN RELATIVITY 119 the first variation of the integral I = J*(ds)~* is zero we are led to exactly the same differential equations as those of Ch. 6, 1, which express the fact that the first variation of / = fds is zero. Accordingly we now derive the equations of the minimal geodesies from the fact that the first variation of I = S(ds) z is zero, ds being zero along the curves. The coordinates x are supposed expressed in terms of any convenient parameter v and differentia- tions with respect to this parameter are denoted by primes. The Euler-Lagrangian equations are (cf. Ch. 6, 1) dF __ d ( dF \ _ I ~i I \T if ' ' ' t *) F = (fo) = g lm x^'x^' (I, m umbral) = 2 (g r ix (l)t ) (I, m umbral) = 2 or _(!)" | f] m .1^.(/)'/-(m)' A (1 tnt ifm\\f.-i}\ ffrix ~T~ [i Tiit f T\X c \i) m uiiiorai,/ Multiplying by g 1 " and using r as an umbral symbol we obtain z<*>" + {lm, p}x^'x^' = (p = 1, 2, 3, 4) which are exactly the equations of Ch. 6, 1. The first integral of these equations which has already been mentioned may be very briefly obtained as follows. Since F = gi m x (l) 'x (m) ' is * Attention should, however, be called to the fact that this integral is not, properly speaking, a line integral at all; its value depends not only on the curve over which it is extended but on the particular parametric mode of representation chosen for this curve. In order that the value of the integral should not be dependent on the parametric representation the integrand should be positively homogeneous of degree unity in the derivatives z'. 120 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY homogeneous of degree 2 in the x' we have, by Eider's theorem on homogeneous functions, a result immediately verifiable directly (r umbral). On multiply- ing the equations by x (r)/ and using r as an umbral symbol we obtain (r) , dF d f (r) , dF \, dF (r) /, x {r > I x (r) - I H 1 x (T > = oc uD V dx / doc or ^_2^=0 r/r '/r showing that F is constant along the geodesies. The constant is now zero instead of unity as it was in the case of the non- minimal geodesies. Before proceeding to calculate the deflection of the light rays it will be well to prove an often quoted property of them. In a statical gravitational field the time coordinate z (4) does not enter into F = (d*) 2 . Hence d f dF \ dF I 1=0 or \ . 1 V or - . = const. If, now, in the discussion of Ch. 6, 1, instead of keeping both ends of the " varied curve " C(a) fixed, we had allowed the ends to vary also, the part of 81 which came outside the sign of integra- tion when we integrated by parts would not vanish automatically. Since the first variation is to vanish when the end points are fixed as well as when they vary the part under the sign of integra- tion vanishes as before yielding the Eulerian equations but in PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 121 addition we have the end condition 2 " = (r umbral) f d*' If now all the coordinates but z (4) are kept fixed ait and we find since - . is constant over the extremal curve ' dF | =o or 5/iW = and as dF we have = o which is known as the Fermat or Huyghens' Principle of Least Time. It is an immediate consequence of the absence of x w from (<fo) 2 ; there is a similar theorem for the symmetrical attracting center: = o but this has no special utility. The Fermat Principle states that, given two fixed points in space (by fixed is meant that the three space coordinates for an observer attached to the gravitating center are constant), a light signal passes from one to the other in such a way that the first variation of the time interval is a minimum. With the same notation as that employed in 3 we find g*v' = h; git' - C where h and C are constants and we find exactly as before that a proper choice of our initial conditions for 6 enables us to 122 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY write 6 = r/2. The only difference is that (Z)') is replaced by (1 - 2m/r)- 1 (r') 8 + rV) 2 - (1 - 2m/r)(O 2 = whence on writing r = l/u and using rV' = A we find "A 8 In order to get an idea of the order of magnitude of the constants C, h of integration we make a first trial-approximation. The largest value that u can have is IfR where R, the radius of the sun, = 697,000, the units being kilometers. Hence we neglect, for the moment, the u 3 term in comparison with the others and find at once u = sin (<p <po) h where ^o is a constant of integration. Hence Cfh is the largest value of u and is therefore a small quantity of the order 1/10 6 . Denoting this small quantity by a (a is the positive square root of CVA 2 ) we have The discriminant (cf. Ch. 7, 3) of the cubic on the right is 4o 2 (l 27m 2 a 2 ), a positive quantity, so that the three roots are real. When a = they reduce to l/2m, 0, 0, so that trying in turn ka and (l/2m) -H ka we find the first approximation to the three roots u 9 = a, v* = a, Ui = l/2m where we have ar- ranged the roots so that u% < Wj < u\. For a second approxi- mation, we try in turn a + fco 2 , a + kc?, (l/2m) -f kc? for W|, ut, Ui respectively and find w 8 = a + wio 2 ; ut = a + mo?; u\ = (l/2m) 2mot 2 . We now, as before, determine a linear transformation which sends u u 3 into z = 0; u = u* into z = 1. It is u = a -f- bz PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 123 where = 2/3, b = u z w 3 and then the third root uu\ goes into z = 1/fc 2 where Now the cubic 2mu 3 w 2 -f- a 2 cannot be negative in our problem nor can u itself. At remote distances from the sun u - so that initially u = and it increases to u = u z at which point u has a maximum value, since ( -y- ) = there. Then M- begins to \d<pj _ decrease and the radical V2wm 3 if + 2 in the expression for d(f> , du a 2 also changes sign so that d<p keeps its sign. The angle < between a point at a remote distance and the perihelion of the light ray is given by the integral I ,. The excess of Jo V2mw 3 - w 2 + a 2 twice this over TT is the deflection D experienced by the ray. Hence du =2 r Jo 9 I 9 u H- or which on writing u = a-\- bz becomes dz ">(H On making the final substitution 2 = sin 2 6 this becomes d0 nj D -f 7T = _ J_!9_ Vl - fc 2 sin 2 V , M, Now = 4ma -\- higher powers in a -- f- a 2m 124 VECTOR ANALYSIS AND RELATIVITY so that, m being 1.47, k 2 is a small quantity of the same order as a. Hence (1 A^ sin 2 0)~ 1/2 can be expanded in a rapidly convergent series and an integration of the initial terms of this series gives a high approximation to D + TT. On substituting the values of k and 6 the multiplier of the integral becomes = 4(1 -f 2roa)- 1 / 2 = 4(1 - ma) whilst the lower limit of the integral is . _, /I ma ._,!,, i v sin 1 ^ = sm l -^ (1 -- ma) Here it is necessary to use the second approximation since u^ is to be divided by w 3 M? itself a small quantity of the first order. On expanding by Taylor's theorem we have for the lower limit (ir/4) \ma so that D + T = 4(1 - m In the term multiplied by it is sufficient to take the rough approximation r/4 to the lower limit and we have gvng D = 4ma a, in this expression, is the maximum value v* of u (to a first PROBLEMS IN RELATIVITY 125 approximation), i.e., is the reciprocal of the radius of the sun. An idea as to the closeness of this approximation is obtained by using the second approximation = U2 = a + mo? R The positive root a of this quadratic is so that writing a = l/R is equivalent to neglecting m/R in comparison with unity or to a neglect of 1 part in 5.10 5 . On substituting m = 1.47, R = 697,000 in the expression D = 4m/ R and converting this radian measure into seconds of arc we find the value 1.73" predicted by Einstein for a light ray which just grazes the sun.* *For a fuller discussion of the problems dealt with in this chapter reference is made to two papers by the author in the Phil. Mag. of dates Jan. (1922) and March (1922) respectively. For an alternative treatment of the subject matter of 2 the reader should consult the paper Concomitants of Quadratic Differential Forms by A. R. Forsyth in the Proc. Roy. Soc. Edin. May (1922) . CM O 0) ,) H -P vO H CO H 03 O >> h fe bD 0) 03 > University of Toronto Library DO NOT REMOVE THE CARD FROM THIS POCKET Acme Library Card Pocket LOWE-MARTIN CO. LIMITED