This course is an introduction to one of the pillars of our modern understanding of nature: the theory of general relativity. General relativity is a theory of gravitation that is based on two principles: general covariance and the equivalence principle. The exploration of these concepts will take us to differential geometry, a topic that will occupy a significant portion of our time, and constitutes the foundation of the course. Once we have mastered differential geometry, the remaininig of our trip through general relativity will proceed downhill. We will discuss what singles out general relativity among many possible generally covariant theories that respect the equivalence principle, and how its predictions are in excellent agreement with observations from solar system to cosmological scales. Beyond these tests we shall also explore predictions that the theory makes, which have not been directly confirmed yet: the existence of black holes, and the phenomenon of gravitational radiation.For more information, see the (preliminary) detailed content.
Lecture 10, Lecture 11, Lecture 12, Lecture 13, Lecture 14, Lecture 15, Lecture 16, Lecture 17,
Lecture 18, Lecture 19, Lecture 20, Lecture 21, Lecture 22, Lecture 23, Lecture 24, Lecture 25.
Lecture 26, Lecture 27, Lecture 28 (Last).
Weekly homework assignments are due every Thursday. In order to learn the subject, it is extremely important that you complete the homework.
|Midterm||Th, November 28||11:00pm||Physics Building 104|
|Final||Tu, December 14||11:00pm||Physics Building 104|
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