PHYS 749 - Theory of Relativity and Gravitation.

Overview

Course Title

Theory of Relativity and Gravitation.

Department(s)

Description

An exposition of the fundamentals of the special and general theories of relativity and their applications to cosmology. Topics include foundations of special relativity; formulation of physical theories in flat space-time; relativistic particle and continuum mechanics, electrodynamics and classical field theory, an introduction to differential geometry and topology; foundations of Einstein's theory of gravity; exact and approximate solutions; observational tests; variational principle; conservation laws; initial-value data and stability; ponderomotive equations; gravitational radiation; introduction to relativistic stars, cosmological models, gravitational collapse, and black holes; other theories of gravity.

Typically Offered

Fall, Spring

Academic Career

Graduate

Credits

Minimum Units

4

Maximum Units

4

Academic Progress Units

4

Repeat For Credit

No

Components

Name

Lecture

Hours

4

Course Schedule