Thursday, 30 January 2020

Exercise SI.01 Simple Lagrangians

Line according to formula For values
##-25\leq t\leq 25, a,b,c,d##. 
Question
Derive Newton's first law in two dimensions using Hamilton's principle and the Euler-Lagrange equation. First do it in Euclidean ##x,y## coordinates then in polar ##r,\theta## coordinates.

Do it by filling in the gaps in the Wikipedia article on the subject as quoted below.

1) Prove that ##m\ddot{x}=0## follows from the Euclidean Lagrangian as at (1), (2)
2) Prove that the two Euler–Lagrange at (4),(5) produce the two equations given.
3) Prove that the solutions to those two equations are indeed (6) and (7)
4) Plot (6), (7) for values of ##a,b,c,d## showing that it is a straight line and that ##a## is the velocity, ##c## is the distance of the closest approach to the origin, and ##d## is the angle of motion. What is ##b##?
Extracts from the article:
In two Euclidean dimensions in the absence of a potential, the Lagrangian is simply equal to the kinetic energy
\begin{align}
L=\frac{1}{2}mv^2=\frac{1}{2}m\left({\dot{x}}^2+{\dot{y}}^2\right)&\phantom {10000}(1)\nonumber
\end{align}in orthonormal ##(x,y)## coordinates, where the dot represents differentiation with respect to the curve parameter (usually the time, ##t##). Therefore, upon application of the Euler–Lagrange equations, [to the ##x## coordinate]
\begin{align}
\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial\dot{x}}\right)-\frac{\partial L}{\partial x}=0\ \ \Rightarrow\ \ m\ddot{x}=0&\phantom {10000}(2)\nonumber
\end{align}[The Lagrangian and the solution are the same for the ##y## coordinate.]

In polar coordinates ##(r,\theta)## the kinetic energy and hence the Lagrangian becomes
\begin{align}
L=\frac{1}{2}m\left({\dot{r}}^2+r^2{\dot{\theta}}^2\right)&\phantom {10000}(3)\nonumber
\end{align}[where ##x=r\cos{\theta}\ \ ,\ y=r\sin{\theta}##.]
The radial ##r## and ##\theta## components of the Euler–Lagrange equations become, respectively
\begin{align}
\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial\dot{r}}\right)-\frac{\partial L}{\partial r}=0\ \Rightarrow\ \ \ddot{r}-r{\dot{\theta}}^2=0&\phantom {10000}(4)\nonumber\\
\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial\dot{\theta}}\right)-\frac{\partial L}{\partial\theta}=0\ \Rightarrow\ddot{\theta}+\frac{2\dot{r}\dot{\theta}}{r}=0&\phantom {10000}(5)\nonumber
\end{align}The solution to those two equations is given by
\begin{align}
r=\sqrt{\left(at+b\right)^2+c^2}&\phantom {10000}(6)\nonumber\\
\theta=\tan^{-1}{\left(\frac{at+b}{c}\right)}+d&\phantom {10000}(7)\nonumber
\end{align}for a set of constants ##a,\ b,\ c,\ d##  determined by initial conditions. Thus, indeed, the solution is a straight line given in polar coordinates: ##a## is the velocity, ##c## is the distance of the closest approach to the origin, and ##d## is the angle of motion." It does not reveal what ##b## is.
Answer 
I struggled with this and question 2 for over a day until I worked out what was really happening and came to the very important observation in the pdf. This enabled me to move on in section 1.10.

To begin with I got this: The first term in (2) is
\begin{align}
\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial\dot{x}}\right)=\frac{1}{2}m\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial{\dot{x}}^2}{\partial\dot{x}}\right)=m\frac{d\dot{x}}{dt}=m\ddot{x}&\phantom {10000}(8)\nonumber
\end{align}and the second term is
\begin{align}
\frac{\partial L}{\partial x}=\frac{1}{2}m\frac{\partial}{\partial x}\left({\dot{x}}^2\right)=m\dot{x}\frac{\partial}{\partial x}\left(\dot{x}\right)=m\frac{dx}{dt}\frac{\partial}{\partial x}\left(\frac{dx}{dt}\right)=m\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{dx}{dt}\right)=m\ddot{x}&\phantom {10000}(9)\nonumber
\end{align}put those back into (2) and we get
\begin{align}
m\ddot{x}-m\ddot{x}=0&\phantom {10000}(10)\nonumber
\end{align}Which does not prove that ##m\ddot{x}=0##!!

To see all what went wrong and the vital observation, look in Ex SI.01 Simple Lagrangians.pdf (5 pages)

Monday, 27 January 2020

Exercise 1.08 un-conserved dust energy momentum tensor

Very bad dust by George E. Marsh
Question

If the energy momentum tensor ##\partial_\nu T^{\mu\nu}=Q^\mu## what physically does the spatial vector ##Q^i## represent? Use the dust energy momentum tensor to make your case.



Answer
We had at 1.110 that the dust energy momentum tensor was$$
T_{dust}^{\mu\nu}=p^\mu N^\nu=mnU^\mu U^\nu=\rho U^\mu U^\nu
$$##p_i## or ##p^i## is the pressure (not momentum) in the ##x^i## direction, that is force per unit area. I'm not sure if the index should be up or down.

##n## is the number density as measured in the dust's rest frame, ##n=## particles of dust per unit volume in rest frame.

##N^\nu=nU^\nu## is the number-flux four-vector,  ##N^0## is the number density of particles in any frame, ##N^i## is the flux of particles in the ##x^i## direction. So if there is no flux, that's the rest frame, ##N^\mu=\left(n,0,0,0\right)##

##m## is the mass of each dust particle (in the dust's rest frame)) which we assume to be the same.

Moreover the dust particles are all moving with the same four-velocity ##U^\mu## - I think.

##\partial_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=0## was the conservation equation for ##T^{\mu\nu}## so if ##\partial_\mu T^{\mu\nu}=Q^\mu## then clearly ##T^{\mu\nu}## is not being conserved and it is ##Q^\mu## that is disturbing the equilibrium. That answer is correct but rather feeble. I did a bit better with help from Valter Moretti on physics.stackexchange and learnt about the theorem of divergence and that ##T^{i0}=T^{0i}## components of this energy momentum tensor are roughly momentum.
More at Ex 1.08 Dust Energy  Momentum tensor.pdf (2 pages and a bit)

Friday, 24 January 2020

The energy-momentum tensor in SR

Fluid flow by Thierry Dugnolle
Many moons ago I had skipped the end of section 9 and all of section 10 in chapter 1. It is time to return to them and flat space time starting with the end of section 9 it looks at the energy-momentum tensor for a perfect fluid. I had written at the top of the page "? don't follow much of this from 1.116". Now I do. It shows how to get from that tensor to two well known classical (non-relativistic) equations in the non-relativistic limit: a continuity equation and the Euler equation from fluid dynamics. This gives us faith that the tensor is correct - even though I had not heard of either of these equations.

Along the way we find some tricks with four-velocity ##U^\mu={dx^\mu} / {d\tau}##, meet the projection tensor ##P_{\ \ \ \ \nu}^\sigma## which projects a vector orthogonal to another do some dimensional analysis and find out what energy density really is (I missed this in the book, or Carroll forgot to mention it). I had to consult the great Physics Forums on that and got liked for a facetious comment about measuring it in £sd 😀- I'm sure that oil companies must do it: kerosene is more valuable per kg than bunker fuel.

All the details here Commentary 1.9 Energy Momentum Tensor.pdf (6 pages)

Friday, 17 January 2020

Physics in curved spacetime

I've now started chapter 4 on Gravitation just in time for 2020. Very exciting!
Fools straight line
Carroll first states two formulas of Newtonian Gravity his 4.1 and 4.2$$
\mathbf{a}=-\nabla\Phi
$$where ##\mathbf{a}## is the acceleration of a body in a gravitational potential ##\Phi##. And Poisson's differential equation for the potential in terms of the matter density ##\rho## and Newton's gravitational constant ##G##:$$
\nabla^2\Phi=4\pi G\rho
$$I had a long pause thinking about the various formulas for the Laplacian ##\nabla^2## here.
How to these tie up with the old-fashioned laws? Newton's law of gravity is normally stated as$$
F=G\frac{m_1m_2}{r^2}
$$which combined with Newton's second law ##F=m\mathbf{a}## gives us the acceleration of a mass in the presence of another as$$
\mathbf{a}=G\frac{M}{r^2}
$$In exercise 3.6 we were given 'the familiar Newtonian gravitational potential'$$
\Phi=-\frac{GM}{r}
$$A bit of rough reasoning shows these are equivalent.

At his 4.4 Carroll states that the next equation gives the path of a particle subject to no forces$$
\frac{d^2x^i}{d\lambda^2}=0
$$If we solve it in polar coordinates for ##r,\theta## instead of ##x,y## Carroll says we get a circle and he cheekily suggests that we might think free moving particles follow that path. But the solution is $$
r=m\theta+k
$$where ##m,k## are constants. We can plot that and, obviously if ##m=0## we get a circle of radius ##k## but if ##m\neq0## we get other more interesting lines which are equally wrong. See above. Another error by Carroll, but only minor 😏.

Then we examine the equations in a near Newtonian environment and apart from a slight problem I had with equation 4.13 that ##g^{\mu\nu}=\eta^{\mu\nu}-h^{\mu\nu}## which I recon is ##g^{\mu\nu}=\eta^{\mu\nu}+h^{\mu\nu}## we arrive at the conclusion that in the near Newtonian environment we have the time, time component of the metric is $$
g_{00}=-1-2\Phi
$$which is also what we were given in Exercise 3.6.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Laplacian

Laplace 1749-1827
The second equation in chapter 4 was Poisson's differential equation for the gravitational potential ##\Phi##:
\begin{align}
\nabla^2\Phi=4\pi G\rho&\phantom {10000}(1)\nonumber
\end{align}What does ##\nabla^2## mean? A quick look on the internet reveals that it is the Laplace operator or Laplacian sometimes written ##\Delta## (capital delta) or possibly ##∆## (which Microsoft describes as increment). They come out different in latex \Delta and ∆ respectively. I should use the former.

I have found various formulations for the Laplacian and I want to check that they are all really the same. Two are from Wikipedia and the third is from Carroll. They are:
A Wikipedia formula in ##n## dimensions:
\begin{align}
\nabla^2=\frac{1}{\sqrt{\left|g\right|}}\frac{\partial}{\partial x^i}\left(\sqrt{\left|g\right|}g^{ij}\frac{\partial}{\partial x^j}\right)&\phantom {10000}(2)\nonumber
\end{align}A Wikipedia formula in "in 3 general curvilinear coordinates ##(x^1,x^2,x^3)##":
\begin{align}
\nabla^2=g^{\mu\nu}\left(\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^\mu\partial x^\nu}-\Gamma_{\mu\nu}^\lambda\frac{\partial}{\partial x^\lambda}\right)&\phantom {10000}(3)\nonumber
\end{align}And Carroll's formula (from exercise 3.4) which I did not understand at the time because I had not spotted the second step:
\begin{align}
\nabla^2=\nabla_\mu\nabla^\mu=g^{\mu\nu}\nabla_\mu\nabla_\nu&\phantom {10000}(4)\nonumber
\end{align}The Wikipedia also gives a formula for the Laplacian in spherical polar coordinates:
\begin{align}
\nabla^2f&=\frac{1}{r^2}\frac{\partial}{\partial r}\left(r^2\frac{\partial f}{\partial r}\right)+\frac{1}{r^2\sin{\theta}}\frac{\partial}{\partial\theta}\left(\sin{\theta}\frac{\partial f}{\partial\theta}\right)+\frac{1}{r^2\sin^2{\theta}}\frac{\partial^2f}{\partial\phi^2}&\phantom {10000}(5)\nonumber\\

&=\frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial r^2}\left(rf\right)+\frac{1}{r^2\sin{\theta}}\frac{\partial}{\partial\theta}\left(\sin{\theta}\frac{\partial f}{\partial\theta}\right)+\frac{1}{r^2\sin^2{\theta}}\frac{\partial^2f}{\partial\phi^2}&\phantom {10000}(6)\nonumber
\end{align}where ##\phi##  represents the azimuthal angle and ##\theta## the zenith angle or co-latitude. So the metric will be
\begin{align}
g_{\mu\nu}=\left(\begin{matrix}1&0&0\\0&r^2&0\\0&0&r^2\sin^2{\theta}\\\end{matrix}\right)&\phantom {10000}(7)\nonumber
\end{align}I assumed that the coordinates are ordered ##r,\theta,\phi## although Wikipedia does not say that.

I want to prove that
A) (2), (3) and (4) both give (5) or (6) the Laplacian in spherical polar coordinates.
B) (4) is equivalent to (3) the general 3-dimensional expression.
C) (4) is equivalent to (2) the general 𝑛-dimensional expression.
A was quite easy. B follows immediately from the formula for the covariant derivative. I could not prove C. After some help from Physics forums I proved it for a diagonal metric apparently it is true for a non diagonal metric but I could not penetrate the hints.

View my struggles at Commentary 4.1 Laplacian.pdf. A and B are on the first two pages and the other seven are where it all starts to go wrong.

I spent far too long on this but
1) Revisited using the Levi-Civita symbol for expanding determinant (47)
2) Met the log, exponent, trace of a matrix (63) and for diagonal matrices (67)
3) Used diagonalizing matrices (65)
4) Used the product operator ##\prod\ ##for the first time at (27) and again at (66)
5) Proved that ##\ln{\left(\det{\left(A\right)}\right)}=tr{\left(\ln{\left(A\right)}\right)}## (66)
6) Found a formula for the log of a derivative (73)
7)  Found a formula for the log of a matrix (76)