Question: How do I tell maple that a variable is a function of some coordinates?

I am completely new to maple and am stuck in the very beginning trying to use the Physics package to calculate Christoffel symbols. Suppose I have coordinates (t, x, sigma, theta). The metric g_ has coefficients that are functions of (t,x,sigma) i.e. the metric is like

g_ = a(t,x,sigma) dt^2 + b(t,x,sigma)dt dx + dx^2 + dsigma^2 + sigma^2 dtheta^2.

(Should I write dsigma^2 or (d sigma)^2?)

How do I tell maple to treat a, b as functions of (t,x,sigma)?

Thank you.

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