PHY483F

General Relativity I (2016-17) -- PHY483F/1483F

[pic of your professor]
[image of black hole geometry]

Brief overview

This course will introduce General Relativity from a physics point of view, emphasizing a modern perspective. We will begin with a review of special relativity, including the case of constant acceleration. Then we will motivate curved spacetime, the covariant derivative, and the Christoffel connection. We will derive the equation for a geodesic, the analogue of a straight line in curved spacetime. From there, we will develop the Riemann curvature tensor, and show how it encodes useful physics like tidal forces and geodesic deviation. Then we will introduce the famous Einstein equations and show how they can be used to study equations for stars and black holes. We will showcase some of the experimental successes of GR, before finishing up with a description of the origin of Einstein's equations starting from an action principle. (For more details, please see the syllabus.)

Important Things

Classes are MR11 in MP134, and tutorials are F1 in MP137. Prof. Peet's office hour is W4-5:45pm in MP1118.

Announcements

These will be posted in reverse chronological order, to make the latest ones easiest to find.