PHYS 4445

PHYS 4445

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

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

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  3686 PHYS 4445   LEC 001

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

  •  4982 PHYS 4445   DIS 201

  • Instruction Mode: In Person