Ph 236: General Relativity
For the previous year (2011-12), see here.
The course will serve as an introduction to general relativity. Links provided below are to the relevant lecture notes.
FIRST TERM: The mathematical foundations and formulation of GR, and some simple examples.
- Special relativity in the language of tensors
- Calculus in curved spacetime
- General relativity
- Linearized gravity and its applications
SECOND TERM: Relativistic stars, black holes, numerical methods, and advanced topics.
[With Yanbei Chen]
- Instructor: Chris Hirata (Cahill #272; email@example.com)
Nicholas Hunter-Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Abhilash Mishra (email@example.com)
- Location: Lauritsen #269, Monday & Wednesday 1:00-2:30 PM
- Prerequisites: Standard undergraduate coursework on classical mechanics, electrodynamics, and special relativity.
- Textbook: Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, Gravitation (1973). This will be supplemented with more recent material as appropriate.
- Homework: Due Wednesdays.
- Office Hours: Monday 5-6pm in 4th floor lounge, Lauritsen; and Tuesday 5-6pm in the TAPIR interaction room, 3rd floor, Cahill.
- Grading: 80% weekly homeworks, 20% final exam. A "passing" grade is ≥50%.
- The exam is to be completed in 2.5 hours. It is due Wednesday 12/12/12 to Chris Hirata's mailbox on the 3rd floor of Cahill.
- This is a closed-book, open-notes exam. You may consult the course lecture notes, your own notes taken in class or elsewhere, and your returned homeworks and solution sets.
You may not consult other references (papers, books, Internet sites other than the notes posted here, your classmates).
- You should have the course notes available when you take the exam since they will be helpful.
- When you are ready to start the exam, download the PDF ___here___.