Hi guys. Can someone explain to me what is the geometrical meaning of the Crystoffel symbols. I've tried wikipedia but to no avail.
By Christoffel symbols I mean
The "covariant derivative" of a vector , is the ordinary derivative minus and so that last term essentially measures how much the change in a function is due to the coordinate system rather than the function. By the way, since the "ordinary derivative" is not a tensor, neither are the Christoffel symbols which is why some people prefer the notation since it doesn't "look" so much like a tensor.
Last edited by mr fantastic; Feb 14th 2009 at 12:11 PM.
Reason: Fixed some latex