PHYS-4240: General Relativity

ASTR-4240: Gravitation & Cosmology


Professor Wayne G. Roberge



Introduction to the physics of gravitation and spacetime. Special relativity, tensor calculus, and relativistic electrodynamics. General relativity with selected applications of Einsteinís field equations (gravitational time dilation; gravitational lensing; frame dragging; gravitational radiation). The physics of nonrotating and rotating black holes. Relativistic models for the large-scale structure of the Universe. Observational constraints on the cosmological parameters. Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the Cosmic Background Radiation.


Prerequisites: Advanced Calculus (MATH-4600) and Theoretical Mechanics (PHYS-4330).


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