Introduction to Mathematical Physics/Relativity/Exercises

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Show that a rocket of mass m that ejects at speed u (with respect to itself) a part of its mass dm by time unit dt moves in the sense opposed to u. Give the movement law for a rocket with speed zero at time t=0, located in a earth gravitational field considered as constant.


Doppler effect. Consider a light source S moving at constant speed with respect to reference frame R. Using wave four-vector (k,\omega/c) give the relation between frequencies measured by an experimentator moving with S and another experimentater attached to R. What about sound waves?


For a cylindrical coordinates system, metrics g_{ij} of the space is:


Calculate the Christoffel symbols \Gamma^{i}_{hk} defined by:

\Gamma^{i}_{hk}=\frac{1}{2}g^{ij} (\partial_hg_{kj}+ \partial_kg_{hj}-


Consider a unit mass in a three dimensional reference frame whose metrics is:


Show that the kinetic energy of the system is:

E_c=\frac{1}{2}g_{ij}\dot q_i\dot q_j

Show that the fundamental equation of dynamics is written here (forces are assumed to derive from a potential V) :

\frac{D\dot q_i}{Dt}=-\frac{\partial V}{\partial q_i}