PHY483F

Relativity Theory I (2018-19) -- PHY483F/1483F

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Brief overview

This course will introduce General Relativity from a physics point of view, emphasizing a modern perspective. I will begin with a review and a rephrasing of Special Relativity, including the case of constant relativistic acceleration. Then I will motivate curved spacetime, the affine connection, and the covariant derivative. I will derive the equation for a geodesic, the analogue of a straight line in curved spacetime. From there, I will develop the Riemann curvature tensor, and show how it encodes useful physics like geodesic deviation and tidal forces. Then I will introduce the famous Einstein equations and show how they can be used to study equations for stars and black holes. I will then showcase several of the experimental successes of GR, finishing up with the recent discovery of gravitational waves. (For more details, please see the syllabus.)

Important Things

Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:10-12:00 and tutorials are held on Fridays from 13:10-14:00, both in MP137. My regular weekly office hours are held on Wednesdays from 16:10-18:00 in MP1118.

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