# Derivative Rules

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## Notation

is the metric, and are the Christoffel symbols.

is the covariant derivative, and is the partial derivative with respect to .

is a scalar.

is a contravariant vector.

is a covariant vector.

is a scalar density of weight 1, and is a scalar density of weight . (Note that is a density of weight 1, where is the determinant of the metric. It follows that is a scalar.)

## Covariant Derivatives

Covariant derivatives are defined by

The extension to tensors of different type is straightforward. Note the useful result for the divergence of a vector field:

## Lie Derivatives

Lie derivatives with respect to a vector field are defined by

The extension to tensors of different type is straightforward. Lie derivatives do not rely on the presence of a metric for their definitions. When a metric is present, they can be written in terms of covariant derivatives as follows:

Note the useful result for the Lie derivative of the metric tensor: