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(a) Show explicitly that the source-free Maxwell equations emerge from .

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(a) Show explicitly that the source-free Maxwell equations emerge from .

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Is gauge invariant?

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… the defining property of a Lorentz transformation, :

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… 4-vectors and (Lorentz)-tensors are transformed like this:

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where we have used the conventional notation

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Let us then take your equation and apply on both sides (recall this Lorentz transformation does not depend on ), and try rewriting everything in terms of prime quantities:

This “game” can always be done with contracted indices, …

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— Lorentz invariance of the Lorentz force law

— Physics StackExchange

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How come ?

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Note that

does not mean that

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Also

does not mean that

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At the first glance, it seems to be unlikely that

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because while in , for any , ‘s have visible negative terms; in , only ‘s do.

Without additional mathematical properties among those physical quantities, the identity is impossible to prove.

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Just for future reference:

From the invariance of the spacetime interval it follows

— Wikipedia on

Lorentz transformation.

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Inserting the identity into the expression:

This path does not work. Also, the formula is plain wrong!

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Inserting the identity into the expression *before* (actually *without*) lowering the index:

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The Lorentz force equation (3.5) can be written relativistically as

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where is the four-momentum.

(a) Check explicitly that this equation reproduces (3.5) when is a spatial index.

(b) What does (1) gives when ? Does it make sense?

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Eq. (3.5):

Eq. (2.20):

if

Eq. (2.21):

The spacetime interval is Lorentz invariant. If , we have Eq. (2.27) and (2.28):

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Since has the same unit in all dimensions,

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Eq. (3.104):

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Equation (3.96) has content: if you move a particle along a closed loop in a static gravitational field, the net work that you do against the gravitational field is zero.

Prove the above statement.

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Eq. (3.96):

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By the **gradient theorem** (aka the **fundamental theorem of calculus for line integrals**):

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Show that this condition fixes uniquely , and , thus reproducing the result in (3.90).

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Eq. (3.93):

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var('a b c') solve([3*a+b+2*c==1, -a+c==0, -2*a-b-c==0], a, b, c)

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Eq. (3.90):

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The force on a test charge in an electric field is . What are the units of charge in various dimensions?

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Eq. (3.74):

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**Lorentz–Heaviside units** (or **Heaviside–Lorentz units**) constitute a system of units (particularly electromagnetic units) within CGS, named for Hendrik Antoon Lorentz and Oliver Heaviside. They share with CGS-Gaussian units the property that the electric constant and magnetic constant do not appear, having been incorporated implicitly into the electromagnetic quantities by the way they are defined. Heaviside-Lorentz units may be regarded as normalizing and , while at the same time revising Maxwell’s equations to use the speed of light instead.

Heaviside–Lorentz units, like SI units but unlike Gaussian units, are *rationalized*, meaning that there are no factors of appearing explicitly in Maxwell’s equations. That these units are rationalized partly explains their appeal in quantum field theory: the Lagrangian underlying the theory does not have any factors of in these units. Consequently, Heaviside-Lorentz units differ by factors of in the definitions of the electric and magnetic fields and of electric charge. They are often used in relativistic calculations, and are used in particle physics. They are particularly convenient when performing calculations in spatial dimensions greater than three such as in string theory.

— Wikipedia on *Lorentz–Heaviside units*

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Verify that for equation (3.74) coincides with (3.67).

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Eq. (3.67):

Eq. (3.74):

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When ,

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Show that

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**Geometric proof**

The relations and and thus the volumes of -balls and areas of -spheres can also be derived geometrically. As noted above, because a ball of radius is obtained from a unit ball by rescaling all directions in times, is proportional to , which implies .

Also, because a ball is a union of concentric spheres and increasing radius by corresponds to a shell of thickness . Thus, ; equivalently, .

— Wikipedia on *Volume of an -ball*

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Show that

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Eq. (3.15):

Eq. (3.29):

Eq. (3.16):

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Verify the equations in (3.26).

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Eq. (3.26):

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Verify that the gauge transformation (3.10) are correctly summarized by (3.21).

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Eq. (3.21):

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Eq. (3.10):

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Verify that , as given in (3.8), is invariant under the gauge transformation (3.10).

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Eq. (3.8):

Eq. (3.10):

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(b) Assume that in such a way that …

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(a) Explicitly calculate in the very high temperature limit .

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When ,

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Write a double sum that represents the statistical mechanics partition function for the quantum mechanical system considered in Section 2.10. Note that factors as .

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Eq. (2.118):

Eq. (2.119):

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Index but not negative integers because, for example, and give physically identical states

and .

The two wave functions give the same probability density distribution, if .

However, that is not the case for

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So should have also negative integers as possible values: .

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Eq. (2.120):

Eq. (2.121):

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A First Course in String Theory

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(d) Consider the two curves for some fixed . The identification (2) makes each of these curves into a circle. Find the invariant circumference of this circle by integrating the appropriate root of between two neighboring identified points. Give your answers in terms of and . Answer: .

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Identification (2):

, where .

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Choose a segment on which .

The lower limit should be smaller than the upper limit.

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(c) Use the expression

for the interval to show that any curve in (3) is spacelike.

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(b) … the family of curves

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where …

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Show that the identification (2) relates points on each separate curve.

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Identification (2):

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A First Course in String Theory

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(b) Draw a spacetime diagram, indicate the and axes, and sketch the family of curves

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where is a real constant that labels the various curves.

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