Physics 412, General Relativity
Spring 2013
MWF 11:00-11:50
Room
126 RHSC
Dr. Chris Fragile
Office: 127 SCIC
Office hours: M 2:00-4:00; W 3:00-5:00
But come by any time
Phone: 953-3181
Tentative
Schedule
(Subject
to change as
we go.)
DATE |
CHAPTER |
ASSIGNMENTS/NOTES |
9 Jan | Ch.1 - Gravitational Physics | |
11 Jan | Ch. 2 - Geometry as Physics | Ch. 2: 1(a), 5, 7, 10; Ch. 3: 2, 4 (due 1/18) Solutions |
14 Jan | Ch. 3 - Space, Time & Gravity in Newtonian Physics | |
18 Jan | Ch. 4 - Principles of Special Relativity | Ch. 4: 3, 4, 9 (due 1/30) Solutions |
28 Jan | Ch. 5 - Special Relativistic Mechanics | Ch. 5: 1, 12, 19 (due 2/4) Solutions |
4 Feb | Ch. 7 - Description of Curved Spacetime | Ch. 7: 5, 7b, 10, 14a-c (due 2/13) Solutions |
13 Feb | Ch. 8 - Geodesics | Ch. 8: 3a-b, 11 (due 2/22) Solutions Project - part I (due 2/22) |
20 Feb | Ch. 9 - Geometry Outside a Spherical Star | Ch. 9: 2, 3, 6, 8 (due 3/13) Solutions Project - part II (due 3/15) |
27 Feb | Midterm | |
13 Mar | Ch. 10 - Solar System Tests of General Relativity | |
15 Mar | Ch. 12 - Gravitational Collapse & Black Holes | Ch. 10: 5; Ch. 12: 3, 6, 11 (due 3/25) Solutions |
25 Mar | Ch. 13 - Astrophysical Black Holes | |
27 Mar | Ch. 17 - The Universe Observed | |
1 Apr | Ch. 18 - Cosmological Models | Ch. 18: 4, 6, 13, 19 (due 4/12) Solutions Project - part III (due 4/17) |
12 Apr | Ch. 19 - Which Universe & Why? | |
17 Apr | Ch. 16 - Gravitational Waves |
Prerequisites/Corequisites: PHYS 301 and PHYS 409
Required materials: Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity, James B. Hartle (Addison Wesley)
Attendance: Attendance is the responsibility of the student. Assignments are expected to be turned in when they are due. Late submissions will be penalized, if they are accepted at all.
If there are any students in this class who have documented disabilities and have been approved to receive accommodations through SNAP Services, please notify me at your earliest convenience.
The goals for this course are to:
Your grade will be assessed
based upon one midterm exam, 5-10
homework assignments, a final exam, and a course project. These will
each be given equal weight.
Homework | 25% |
Midterm exam | 25% |
Project | 25% |
Final exam | 25% |