AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 92 Astronomy Education: Collaborations and Research
Oral, Tuesday, 10:00-11:30am, January 10, 2006, Balcony B

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[92.02] Einstein's Equation Without Tensors

E.F. Bunn (University of Richmond), J.C. Baez (U.C. Riverside)

Introductions to general relativity at the popular and undergraduate levels generally emphasize the notion of curved spacetime but pay scant attention to the Einstein equation, because the latter is thought to be impossible to understand without vast amounts of tensor calculus. We present a simple formulation of the Einstein equation that is completely rigorous and tensor-free. This formulation can be understood with only calculus and elementary physics.

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