Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 6509: General Relativity

Credit Hours4
Cross-listed with

PHYS 6553

Prerequisites

Knowledge of special relativity and methods of dynamics at the level of Classical Mechanics by Goldstein

Typically OfferedFall

Systematic introduction to Einstein's theory using both modern and classical methods of computation. Topics include review of special relativity, differential geometry, foundations of general relativity (GR), laws of physics in the presence of gravitational fields, GR as a dynamical theory, experimental tests of GR. The level of the course will be comparable to that in the text "Gravitation" by Misner, Thorne and Wheeler. This text is required. It will be used for reading, reference and problem assignments. Robert Wald's book "General Relativity" is also suggested but not required.