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Using Algebraic Programming to Teach General Relativity

Florin A. Ghergu
Organization: West University of Timisoara, Romania
Dumitru N. Vulcanov
Organization: West University of Timisoara, Romania

Denis Donnelly
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Computing in Science & Engineering
Year: 2001
Volume: March/April
Page range: 65-70

Why is teaching general relativity so difficult? It's not only a theory of gravity; it is a theory of the structure of space and tiem, and hence a theory of the dynamics of the entire universe. Thus, the theory is a vast edifice of pure geometry--indisputably elegant but extremely difficult mathematically, especially for undergraduate students. ... Using some simple Excalc procedures, this article illustrates how to teach Riemannian geometry and how to use computer algebra to obtain some exact solutions of Einstein equations.

*Mathematics > Calculus and Analysis > Differential Geometry
*Science > Physics > Relativity Theory

general relativity, pure geometry, algebraic programming, differential geometry, Einstein equations