syllabus - Physics 523, Fall 2011: Introduction to...

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Physics 523, Fall 2011: Introduction to Relativity Instructor : Frans Pretorius Office hours : by appointment, fpretori@princeton.edu TA : Hans Bantilan (bantilan@princeton.edu) Description This course gives an introduction to Einstein's theory of general relativity. No prior knowledge of general relativity will be assumed, and an overview of the differential geometry needed to understand the field equations and spacetime geometries will be given. Beyond this, topics covered will include black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmological spacetimes. Prerequisites Knowledge of special relativity and differential equations. Grading Problem sets (approximately one per week): 15% Mid term exam: 35% Final exam, January 18 2012, 1:30-4:30pm, Jadwin A10 : 50% This class can be taken Pass/Fail (though in that case it can NOT count as a core course), with a grade > 50% constituting a pass. Text (required)
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