# Conformally equivalent metrics

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## Definition

### Symbol-free definition

Two Riemannian metrics on a differential manifold are termed conformally equivalent if one of them can be obtained as a scalar function times the other one. In other words, at each point, one metric is simply a constant times the other metric (the constant may vary from point to point).

### Definition with symbols

Let $g_1$ and $g_2$ be two Riemannian metrics on a differential manifold $M$. Then we say that $g_1$ is conformally equivalent to $g_2$ if there is a scalar function $f:M \to \mathbb{R}^*$ such that for any $p \in M$, and tangent vectors $v,w \in T_pM$:

$g_1(v,w) = f(p)g_2(v,w)$