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Show that the metric is given by: c2 coshð2z1 Þ À cosð2z2 Þ 0 gij ¼ ; ð2:3:15Þ 0 coshð2z1 Þ À cosð2z2 Þ 2 and confirm that the tangential vectors can be written as: g1 ¼ c sinh z1 cos z2 e1 þc cosh z1 sin z2 e2 ; ð2:3:16Þ g2 ¼ Àc cosh z1 sin z2 e1 þc sinh z1 cos z2 e2 : Use the interpretation of metric coefficients as scalar products to rederive Eq. 15). 4 Co- and Contravariant Components In this section we introduce the notions of co- and contravariant components which are important in context with the representation of vectors and tensors in arbitrary curvilinear coordinate systems.

6). In the absolute language of vectors we denote the infinitesimal distance between both points by dx. a. 1) between the coordinates xi and zk we may write: dx ¼ dxi ei ¼ oxi k dz ei ; ozk ð2:3:3Þ where Eq. 6) has been used again and EINSTEIN’s summation rule has been extended to expressions related to coordinate lines and vectors. 3) yields: dx ¼ dzk gk ; gk ¼ oxi ei : ozk ð2:3:4Þ 24 2 Coordinate Transformations Leopold KRONECKER was born on December 7, 1823 in Liegnitz (Silesia) and died on December 29, 1891 in Berlin.

Moreover, note that by virtue of Eq. 3) we may write for the curvature in Eq. 8) as well: o2 x i osia o2 x i osia osia ei osa ¼ ) e ¼ e ¼ b: i i oza ozb ozb oza ozb ozb ozb oz ð2:7:9Þ Note that because of their constancy the Cartesian unit vectors ei are not affected by partial differentiation. The curvature may also be interpreted as the change of tangent vectors with the lines of coordinates, which is less intuitive. 2 that, independently of the coordinate system, a trace will always yield the same value.