General Covariance & Affine Connection 
General Covariance & Affine Connection
by UC Irvine / Herbert W. Hamber
Video Lecture 8 of 24
Copyright Information: Hamber, Herbert. Physics 255 (UCI OpenCourseWare: University of California, Irvine), [December 25, 2014]. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License (
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Lecture Description

General Relativity - Part 4 Topics covered: Principle of General Covariance. Local versus Global Invariances, Gauge Fields and the QED Analogy, General Structure of Invariant Equations, Tensor Algebra, Raising and Lowering of Indices, Contractions, Tensor Densities, Space-Time Volume Element, Transformation Properties of the Affine Connection, General Coordinate Invariance of the Equation of Free Fall. Recorded April 24, 2014.

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Course Description

"Einstein's General Relativity and Gravitation" is a graduate-level course taught at UC Irvine as Physics 255. This course covers diverse topics in general relativity, including an introduction to Einstein’s theory of gravitation, tensor analysis, Einstein’s field equations, astronomical tests of Einstein’s theory, and gravitational waves.


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