gravitation and cosmology

- instructor: alessandra buonanno
- class room: phy 4208
- lecture days: tuesday & thursday 2:00pm -
3:15pm

- first day of class: august 31

- last day of class: december 9

- office room: phy 4212

- e-mail: buonanno@umd.edu
- phone: (301) 405 1440

- office hours: after class or by appointment

- grader: rong zhou

- office room: phys 4207A

- e-mail: zhour@umd.edu
- phone: (301) 405 8577

- office hours: mondays 9:00-11:00am

(web supplements can be find here.)

recommended textbooks are "spacetime and geometry: an introduction to general relativity" by sean carroll,

"general relativity" by hobson, efstathiou and lasenby, and "a first course in general relativity" by schutz.

and electrodynamics (phys 411) should suffice.

solutions will be posted on the course webpage.

the exercises are from hartle's book, except the S problems which were conceived

and assigned by professor ted jacobson for phys 675 in previous years.

- late homeworks are accepted only under serious circumstances (to be discussed before due day)
- you are encouraged to discuss homeworks with other students,
however the work you turn in should be your own formulation and
reflection

- use of previous solutions is not allowed
(violation of this rule is cause for failure of the course)

- homework sets must show reasoning leading to the final
answers in a clear and readable fashion to obtain credit

- please, include your name and staple the pages together

grading

the course grade will be based on the homeworks.

academic integrity

the university has approved a code of academic integrity available on the web.

the code prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting

the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting

fraudulent documents, and forging signatures. the university senate requires that students

include the following signed statement on each examination or assignment: “i pledge on my

honor that i have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination

(or assignment).” compliance with the code is administered by a student honor council,

which strives to promote a “community of trust” on the college park campus. allegations

of academic dishonesty can be reported directly to the honor council (314-9154) by any

member of the campus community.

course description

The following topics will be covered during the course (tentative)

- review of special relativity
- equivalence principle
- curved spacetime
- mathematical structure of general relativity
- solar system tests of general relativity
- gravitational collapse and black holes
- rotating black holes
- cosmology
- gravitational waves

references on lectures 1-2-3-4:

- read chapters 2,3,4,5 from hartle's book
- living review by cliff will (read sec. 2.1.1)
- observational
evidence of the GZK suppression: Auger and HiRes

- chapter IX of "subtle is the lord: the science and the
life of albert
einstein" by abraham pais

references on lectures 5-6-7:

- read chapters 6,7,8 from hartle's book
- living review by cliff will (read secs. 2.1.2 and 2.1.3)
- read paper
by michel janssen on einstein's quest for general relativity

references on lectures 7-8:

- read chapters 8, 20 from hartle's book
- read chapter 5 from schutz's book

references on lectures 9-10:

- read chapters 21,22 from hartle's book
- read chapter 6 from schutz's book

references on lectures 11-12-13:

- read chapter 9 from hartle's book

references on lectures 14-15:

- read chapters 9,10 from hartle's book

references on lectures 16-17-18:

- read chapter 12 from hartle's book

references on lectures 19-20-21-22:

- read chapter 14, 15 from hartle's book

references on lectures 22-23-24:

- read chapter 16 from hartle's book
- read this review

references on lectures 25-26:

- read chapter 17, 18 from hartle's book
- read chapter 8 from carroll's book

references on lectures 27-28-29:

- read chapter 18,19 from hartle's book
- read chapter 8 from carroll's book

homeworks on lectures 1-2-3:

(assigned on Sep 2, due on Sep 9)

homeworks on lectures 4-5-6-7:

(assigned on Sep 14, due on Sep 23)

homeworks on lectures 7-8:

(assigned on Sep 23, due on Sep 30)

homeworks on lectures 9-10:

(assigned on Oct 5, due on Oct 12 )

homeworks on lectures 11-12-13:

(assigned on Oct 12, due on Oct 21 )

homeworks on lectures 14-15:

(assigned on Oct 21, due on Oct 28 )

- problems 9-10, 9-18, 10-4 from hartle's book
- solution S6

homeworks on lectures 16-17-18:

(assigned on Oct 28, due on Nov 4 )

homeworks on lectures 19-20:

(assigned on Nov 4, due on Nov 9)

homeworks on lectures 20-21-22:

(assigned on Nov 9, due on Nov 16)

homeworks on lectures 22-23-24:

(assigned on Nov 16, due on Nov 23)

homeworks on lectures 25-26:

(assigned on Nov 23, due on Dec 2)

- problems 17-5, 18-3, 18-11, 18-14, 18-16

homeworks on lectures 27-28-29:

(assigned on Dec 2, due on Dec 9)

- problems 19-6, 19-8, 19-9
- problem S12

questions and comments may be sent to buonanno@umd.edu

last modified on 11/30/2010