PHYS3550
GENERAL RELATIVITY
Textbook
B.F. Schutz,
“A First Course in General Relativity”
Reference
books
 C.W.
Misner, K.S. Thorne, J. A. Wheeler. “Gravitation”
 I.R.
Kenyon, “General Relativity
 R.
D’Inverno, “Introducing Einstein’s Relativity”
 A.
Einstein, “The Meaning of Relativity” (technical)
Other reading
 Steven S. Gubser, "The Little Book of String Theory" (popularlevel introduction to concepts).
 Jozsef Illy, "The Practical Einstein. Experiments, Patents, Inventions".
 A.
Einstein, “Relativity. The Special and the General Theory”
(popular)
 A.
Pais, “Subtle is the Lord” (technical/historical/biographical)
Syllabus
Special
relativity: spacetime diagrams; coordinate transformation
rules; vector and tensor analysis; perfect fluids.
Curved
manifolds: Christoffel symbols and the metric; Riemannian
manifolds and covariant differentiation; parallel transport;
geodesics and curvature; Ricci and Einstein tensors.
Gravitational
Field Equations: Einstein’s equations; weak fields; gravitational
radiation.
Astrophysical
Applications: Schwarzschild geometry and black holes; RobertsonWalker
metric; Friedmann’s equations and their solutions; observational
test of General Relativity.
Assessment
2 Assignments
(worth 7.5% each)
MidSession
test (worth 15%)
Final
exam (worth 70%)
