Appendix A

Newtonian-Relativistic Comparisons

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To gain an intuitive insight into general relativity, it is helpful to have a heuristic correspondence between relativistic quantities and equations and their Newtonian counterparts. In this section we will list relativistic quantities with their Newtonian counterparts.

 Relativistic Quantity Newtonian Quantity The Metric Tensor The Gravitational Potential Forces of Affine Connection The Gravitational Force The Affine Connections The Gravitational Field Einstein Field Equations The Poisson Equation Gradient of Affine Forces under particular circumstances, components of the Riemann tensor Gravitational Force Tidal gradient NonGeodesic Equation Newton's Second Law of Motion Geodesic Equation Newton's First Law of Motion

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