# Video 61 - Sample Metric Objects

TLDRThis video script discusses the derivation of basic metric objects for sample surfaces, focusing on cylindrical, spherical, and torus surfaces. It explains the process of obtaining the shift tensor through partial derivatives, followed by the calculation of covariant basis vectors, metric tensors, volume elements, and their contravariant counterparts. The script emphasizes the importance of understanding these concepts for a thorough grasp of tensor calculus and surface geometry.

###### Takeaways

- π The video discusses deriving basic metric objects for sample surfaces, starting with a cylindrical surface.
- π Surface coordinates for the cylinder are given as Theta (angle with the x-axis) and Z (vertical distance).
- π§© The ambient coordinates for the cylinder are Cartesian coordinates x, y, and z, related to surface coordinates via parameter equations.
- π The shift tensor is derived from the partial derivatives of ambient coordinates with respect to surface coordinates.
- π The shift tensor for a cylindrical surface has specific elements, including sine and cosine of Theta, and zeros where dependencies do not exist.
- π Surface covariant basis vectors are found by contracting the shift tensor with the covariant basis vectors of the ambient space.
- π The surface covariant metric tensor is calculated using dot products of the covariant basis vectors.
- π The magnitudes of the covariant basis vectors are the square roots of the diagonal elements of the metric tensor.
- π’ The volume element is the square root of the determinant of the metric tensor, which is a diagonal matrix for the cylinder.
- βοΈ The contravariant metric tensor is the inverse of the covariant metric tensor, with inverted diagonal elements.
- π The inverse shift tensor is found by contracting the shift tensor with the covariant and contravariant metric tensors.
- π The process is reviewed for the cylinder and then applied to spherical and toroidal surfaces, with similar steps followed for each.

###### Q & A

### What is the purpose of deriving the basic metric objects for sample surfaces in the video?

-The purpose is to understand the geometric and topological properties of different surfaces, which is essential for studying tensor calculus and its applications in physics and differential geometry.

### What are the surface coordinates for a cylindrical surface?

-The surface coordinates for a cylindrical surface are Theta and z, where Theta is the angle with the x-axis and z is the vertical distance from the x-y plane.

### How are the ambient coordinates related to the surface coordinates in the context of a cylindrical surface?

-The ambient coordinates (x, y, z) are related to the surface coordinates (Theta, z) through parameter equations where x and y are functions of Theta and z.

### What is the shift tensor and why is it important?

-The shift tensor is a matrix containing the partial derivatives of ambient coordinates with respect to surface coordinates. It is important because it provides a way to map changes in the surface coordinates to changes in the ambient space.

### How do you derive the covariant basis vectors for a surface?

-The covariant basis vectors are derived by contracting the shift tensor with the covariant basis vectors in the ambient space, which are typically the unit vectors in the x, y, and z directions.

### What is the surface covariant metric tensor and how is it derived?

-The surface covariant metric tensor is a matrix that describes the inner product of the covariant basis vectors. It is derived by calculating the dot products between the covariant basis vectors.

### What is the significance of the volume element in the context of surface geometry?

-The volume element, represented by the square root of the determinant of the metric tensor, is significant because it provides a measure of the 'size' or 'extent' of the surface in the ambient space.

### How do you find the contravariant metric tensor from the covariant metric tensor?

-The contravariant metric tensor is found by inverting the covariant metric tensor. For a diagonal matrix, this involves taking the reciprocal of the diagonal elements.

### What is the relationship between the contravariant basis vectors and the inverse shift tensor?

-The contravariant basis vectors are derived from the inverse shift tensor by contracting the inverse shift tensor with the covariant basis vectors in the ambient space.

### How does the video script guide the viewer in understanding the process of deriving the basic metric objects for different surfaces?

-The script provides a step-by-step guide for each type of surface, explaining the process of deriving the shift tensor, covariant basis vectors, metric tensor, volume element, and their contravariant counterparts, emphasizing the importance of practice and self-understanding.

### What is the final check performed in the script to ensure the correctness of the derived metric objects?

-The final check involves verifying that the product of the shift tensor and its inverse results in the identity matrix, confirming the correctness of the derived metric objects.

###### Outlines

##### π Introduction to Basic Metric Objects for Surfaces

In this video, the presenter begins by introducing the concept of deriving basic metric objects for sample surfaces. The focus is on the cylindrical surface, where the surface coordinates are Theta and z, with Theta representing the angle from the x-axis and z representing the vertical distance. The Cartesian coordinates x, y, and z are used as ambient coordinates. The parameter equations are given as functions of Theta and z. The first step is to derive the shift tensor, which consists of partial derivatives of the ambient coordinates with respect to the surface coordinates. The presenter then explains how to derive the surface covariant basis vectors by contracting the shift tensor with the covariant basis vectors in the ambient space.

##### π Derivation of the Shift Tensor and Surface Covariant Basis Vectors

The presenter continues with the derivation process of the shift tensor for a cylindrical surface, providing the specific partial derivatives for x, y, and z with respect to Theta and z. The resulting shift tensor is displayed, and the process to derive the surface covariant basis vectors is explained using the formula involving the contraction of the shift tensor with the ambient covariant basis vectors. The presenter then moves on to calculate the surface covariant metric tensor by taking the dot products of the covariant basis vectors, resulting in a diagonal matrix with specific terms. The magnitudes of the vectors are determined by the square roots of the diagonal elements, and the volume element is found by taking the square root of the determinant of this tensor.

##### π Inversion of the Covariant Metric Tensor and Calculation of the Contravariant Basis Vectors

The presenter explains the inversion of the covariant metric tensor to obtain the contravariant metric tensor, which is simplified due to the diagonal nature of the matrix. The contravariant basis vectors are then calculated by contracting the contravariant metric tensor with the covariant basis vectors. The magnitudes of these vectors are found using the square roots of the diagonal elements. The presenter also discusses finding the inverse of the shift tensor using a formula derived in a previous video, which involves contracting the shift tensor with the covariant and contravariant metric tensors. The resulting inverse shift tensor is shown to have elements that match the components of the contravariant basis vectors.

##### π Exploring the Spherical Surface and Its Metric Properties

The video script shifts focus to the spherical surface, where surface coordinates are Theta and Phi, with Theta being the angle from the Z-axis and Phi being the angle with the x-axis. The Cartesian coordinates x, y, and z are again used as ambient coordinates. The presenter outlines the process of deriving the shift tensor for the spherical surface by taking partial derivatives with respect to Theta and Phi. The covariant basis vectors are then derived from the components of the shift tensor. The covariant metric tensor is calculated using dot products, resulting in a diagonal matrix. The volume element is determined by the square root of the determinant of this matrix, and the covariant metric tensor is inverted to obtain the contravariant metric tensor. The contravariant basis vectors are then found by contracting the contravariant metric tensor with the covariant basis vectors.

##### π€οΈ Torus Surface Analysis and Metric Tensor Derivation

The presenter concludes the video script with an analysis of the torus surface, where surface coordinates are again Theta and Phi, but with different interpretations related to the torus's geometry. The shift tensor for the torus is derived by taking partial derivatives of the parametric relationships with respect to Theta and Phi. The covariant basis vectors are directly obtained from the components of the shift tensor. The covariant metric tensor is formed by calculating the dot products of the basis vectors, resulting in a diagonal matrix. The volume element is found by taking the square root of the determinant of this matrix. The covariant metric tensor is inverted to get the contravariant metric tensor, and the contravariant basis vectors are derived by contracting the contravariant metric tensor with the covariant basis vectors. The magnitudes of these vectors are calculated, and the inverse shift tensor is trivially obtained from the components of the contravariant basis vectors.

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###### Keywords

##### π‘Tensor

##### π‘Cylindrical Surface

##### π‘Shift Tensor

##### π‘Surface Coordinates

##### π‘Covariant Basis Vectors

##### π‘Metric Tensor

##### π‘Volume Element

##### π‘Contravariant Metric Tensor

##### π‘Contravariant Basis Vectors

##### π‘Inverse Shift Tensor

##### π‘Spherical Surface

###### Highlights

Introduction to deriving basic metric objects for sample surfaces using tensor calculus.

Exploration of cylindrical surface coordinates with Theta and z, and their relation to Cartesian coordinates.

Parameter equations for cylindrical surfaces are presented as functions of Theta and z.

Derivation of the shift tensor for a cylindrical surface through partial derivatives.

Identification of the surface covariant basis vectors using the shift tensor and ambient space basis vectors.

Calculation of the surface covariant metric tensor by dot products of the covariant basis vectors.

Explanation of the volume element and its relation to the determinant of the metric tensor.

Inversion of the covariant metric tensor to obtain the contravariant metric tensor for a cylindrical surface.

Finding contravariant basis vectors through contraction of the contravariant metric tensor with basis vectors.

Derivation of the inverse shift tensor using the covariant and contravariant metric tensors.

Verification of the inverse shift tensor by contracting it with the original shift tensor to obtain the identity matrix.

Transition to spherical surface coordinates Theta and Phi, and their parametric relationships with Cartesian coordinates.

Construction of the shift tensor for a spherical surface through partial derivatives with respect to Theta and Phi.

Derivation of covariant basis vectors for a spherical surface from the components of the shift tensor.

Formation of the covariant metric tensor for a spherical surface using dot products of basis vectors.

Calculation of the volume element for a spherical surface based on the determinant of the metric tensor.

Inversion of the spherical surface's covariant metric tensor to find the contravariant metric tensor.

Derivation of contravariant basis vectors for a spherical surface by contracting with the contravariant metric tensor.

Introduction to the torus surface coordinates Theta and Phi, and their parametric relationships.

Construction of the shift tensor for a torus surface by taking partial derivatives with respect to surface coordinates.

Derivation of covariant basis vectors for a torus surface from the components of the shift tensor.

Formation of the covariant metric tensor for a torus surface using dot products of the covariant basis vectors.

Calculation of the volume element for a torus surface based on the determinant of the metric tensor.

Inversion of the torus surface's covariant metric tensor to obtain the contravariant metric tensor.

Derivation of contravariant basis vectors for a torus surface by contracting with the contravariant metric tensor.

Emphasis on the importance of practicing the derivation process to ensure understanding of tensor calculus applications in surface geometry.

Preview of the next video's focus on the metric equation and arc length in the context of surface geometry.

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