Christoffel Symbol

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Christoffel Symbol


The Christoffel symbol of a quadratic differential form

is a symbol for the abbreviated representation of the expression

The symbol Γk, ij is called the Christoffel symbol of the first kind in contrast to the Christoffel symbol of the second kindChristoffel Symbol which is defined by the relation

where gkt is determined from the equalities

The symbols were introduced by E. Christofl’el in 1869.

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