# Physics 236b: General Relativity

# Winter 2016

## Course Description

This is an extension of Ph236a, which introduced the basics of classical
general relativity. In Ph236b we cover consequences and applications
of Einstein's theory of gravitation, including topics such as black
holes and gravitational waves.

Rough outline for second term:
Relativistic Stars
Black Holes
Gravitational Waves
3+1 Formulation of GR
Foundations of numerical relativity
Cosmology

## Lectures

Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30pm to 3:55pm, 269 Lauritsen.

## Textbook

Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, ** Gravitation **

Other books that you may find useful:
Wald, ** General Relativity **
Carroll,
** Spacetime and Geometry: an Introduction to General Relativity **
Hartle,
** Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity**

## Instructor

Mark Scheel, 337 Cahill, x8418, scheel (at) tapir (dot) caltech

Office Hours: M 1-2pm

## Teaching Assistants

Belinda Pang, 357 Calhill, x8654, bpang (at) caltech

Office Hours: W 4-5pm

## Homework

Assignments will be posted here every Thursday, and will be due the
following Thursday in class. This course is Pass/Fail by default,
based on homework assignments. 60% on homework assignments constitutes
a passing grade. There will be no exams.

## Lecture Notes and Assignments