Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Sep 27, 2022  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 4445 - Introduction to General Relativity

(also ASTRO 4445 ) (PBS)
Fall. 4 credits.

Prerequisite: classical mechanics at the level of  PHYS 3314  or PHYS 3318  and special relativity at the level of PHYS 1116  or PHYS 2216 . Also, electromagnetism at the level of PHYS 3323  or PHYS 3327  is useful. Offered as an alternative to the more comprehensive, two-semester graduate sequence PHYS 6553  and PHYS 6554 .

E. Flanagan.

One-semester introduction to general relativity that develops the essential structure and phenomenology of the theory without requiring prior exposure to tensor analysis. General relativity is a fundamental cornerstone of physics that underlies several of the most exciting areas of current research, including relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, and the search for a quantum theory of gravity. The course briefly reviews special relativity, introduces basic aspects of differential geometry, including metrics, geodesics, and the Riemann tensor, describes black hole spacetimes and cosmological solutions, and concludes with the Einstein equation and its linearized gravitational wave solutions. At the level of Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein’s General Relativity by Hartle.

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