publication . Other literature type . Article . Preprint . 2015

Classroom reconstruction of the Schwarzschild metric

Kassner, Klaus;
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  • Published: 10 Sep 2015
  • Publisher: IOP Publishing
A promising way to introduce general relativity in the classroom is to study the physical implications of certain given metrics, such as the Schwarzschild one. This involves lower mathematical expenditure than an approach focusing on differential geometry in its full glory and permits to emphasize physical aspects before attacking the field equations. Even so, in terms of motivation, lacking justification of the metric employed may pose an obstacle. The paper discusses how to establish the weak-field limit of the Schwarzschild metric with a minimum of relatively simple physical assumptions, avoiding the field equations but admitting the determination of a single...
free text keywords: General Physics and Astronomy, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
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