By K. O. Friedrichs

The most thread operating via this just a little unorthodox method of the designated concept of relativity is the Pythagorean theorem. it sounds as if in its most simple geometric shape within the very starting of this monograph. Then it reappears in algebraic apparel, is additional converted and eventually reinterpreted to play the function of 1 of the most characters within the certain idea of relativity.

The first 4 chapters are simply available to school sophmores or juniors. the rest a part of the e-book could be a little tricky for college students who by no means studied physics, even supposing the writer really employs in simple terms the thought of influence and presupposes no heritage in physics. simply by the vector geometry brought previous, he leads the reader from the effect dialog legislation to the recognized formulation e=mc2.

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P \ The result is proved by induction based on the proof of (ii) above. x k • Remark Wedge multiplication is commutative except when both factors are of odd order, in which case it is anticommutative. 2 Let (e') (i = 1 , . e. V*. Then a basis for A (V„) (l«p«n) is the set (e''A... Ae'"), where l^i, < . . < i «n, and A {V ) has dimension ( ). 1 that a basis for the space V*jf^ of covariant tensors of order ρ is (e' ®.. ®e>') (/',,.. ,j = l,.. ,«) is the basis of V* corresponding to the basis (e/) of V„.

We are thus led to define the exterior or wedge product ωΛσ by x s (p + qVplq] ωΛσ = ——— ίί(ω®σ) . The numerical factor is introduced to avoid clumsy factors later, but conventions vary in this respect. e. a scalar, we put ωΛσ = σΛω = ωσ. Let («,•) be a given basis of V„. Then the components of ωΛσ are determined as follows. 2 (P + QV(ωΛσ),- .. , , ^ = (ωΛσ)(ί,,.. ,e J = ip 1 *ί(ω®σ)(

The integer ρ is known as the d e g r e e of the form. Let S be a p-forme V * ^ . /, = 5μ,... , i = 1 , . . , n); p when p>n, certain indices must be repeated and the tensor is zero. e. a 1-form as defined earlier. The number of independent non-zero components of a p-form to is the number of ways of selecting ρ distinct indices from the set 1 , . . e. Sec. 2] — p-forms —. The components ω. , where the indices are taken in their natural p\(n-p)\ order, are known as the proper components of ω. Since antisymmetry is preserved by addition and scalar multiplication, the set of all p-forms is a vector space denoted by \ (V^, which is a subspace of V * ^ (sometimes written as 3 (V„)).