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Topic within the Astrophysics department
Topic description[edit | edit source]
General relativity (GR) is an advanced topic within the department of Astrophysics and requires a high level of knowledge in calculus, algebra and physics in general. Tensor fields are a critical part of general relativity.
Prerequisites[edit | edit source]
- Topic:Special relativity (SR) - the spacetimes of GR have the spacetime of SR as a limiting case at a point in spacetime, so you must first understand SR
- Topic:Differential geometry - you need to understand tensors, tensor fields and differential geometry in general in order to understand GR; elements of these are frequently taught within a GR course as an alternative to a full differential geometry course
Courses[edit | edit source]
- Special relativity and steps towards general relativity (shortcut: SRepsilonGR)
- this course includes a few elements towards elementary general relativity
- twentieth/twenty-first cosmology is one of the main applications of general relativity
Lectures[edit | edit source]
- General relativity
- Introduction to general relativity
- Inveiling the breakdown of Euclidean geometry in linearized general relativity
Learning Projects[edit | edit source]
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Learning materials and learning projects can be used by multiple departments. Cooperate with other departments that use the same learning resource.
Relevant topics: Covariance, Vectors/ Fields, Tensor Calculus, Euler-Lagrange equations, Equivalence principle, Curvature, Riemann Tensor, Gravitational Waves
Problem Reviews[edit | edit source]
External learning resources[edit | edit source]
- The website for a GR class taught at Caltech by Kip Thorne and Lee Lindblom. Contains problems, solutions and some lecture notes. 
- The first of a sequence of videos of lectures of an "Introduction to General Relativity" class taught by Kip Thorne. 
- "Lecture Notes on General Relativity" by Sean Carroll. Coincidentally the basis for his book. 
- The General Relativity Tutorial, John Baez: online tutorials and reading list.