ASTRO 4445

ASTRO 4445

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021. Courses of Study 2021-2022 is scheduled to publish by July 1.

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.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: classical mechanics at the level of PHYS 3318 and special relativity at the level of PHYS 1116 or PHYS 2216. Also, electromagnetism at the level of PHYS 3327 is useful.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS, PHS-AS, SMR-AS)

Comments Offered as an alternative to the more comprehensive, two-semester graduate sequence, PHYS 6553 and PHYS 6554.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PHYS 4445

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4685ASTRO 4445  LEC 001

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Teukolsky, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Students unable to enroll in open class components during their pre-enroll window can join the waitlist at www.physics.cornell.edu/waitlist. Students will be placed in available spots prior to the start of classes when possible.

  •  6261ASTRO 4445  DIS 201

    • MTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Teukolsky, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person