physics 675: introduction to relativity,
                    gravitation and cosmology

 fall 2008 schedule


contact info 



the required textbook is "gravity: an introduction to einstein's general relativity" by james hartle.
(web supplements can be find here.)
recommended textbooks are "spacetime and geometry: an introduction to general relativity" by sean carroll,
and "general relativity" by hobson, efstathiou and lasenby.


phys601 and phys606, but undergraduate lagrangian mechanics (phys 410)
and electrodynamics (phys 411) should suffice. 



homeworks will be assigned once per week and posted on the course webpage.
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.

homework rules




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)
references of lectures 1-2-3-4:

references of lectures 5-6:

references of lectures 7-8:

references of lectures 9-10:

references of lectures 11-12:

references of lectures 13-14:

references of lectures 15-16:

references of lectures 17-18:

references of lectures 19-20:

references of lectures 21-22-23:

references of lectures 24-25:

references of lectures 26-27:

references of lectures 28-29:

homeworks on lectures 1-2-3:
(assigned on Sep 4, due on Sep 11)

homeworks on lectures 4-5-6:
(assigned on Sep 16, due on Sep 23)

homeworks on lectures 7-8:
(assigned on Sep 25, due on Oct 2)

homeworks on lectures 9-10:
(assigned on Oct 7, due on Oct 14)

homeworks on lectures 11-12-13:
(assigned on Oct 16, due on Oct 23)

homeworks on lectures 14-15-17:
(assigned on Oct 28, due on Nov 6)

homeworks on lectures 18-19-20:
(assigned on Nov 6, due on Nov 18)

homeworks on lectures 21-22-23-24:
(assigned on Nov 18, due on Nov 25)

homeworks on lectures 25-26:
(assigned on Dec 2, due on Dec 5)

homeworks on lectures 27-28:
(assigned on Dec 5, due on Dec 11)

questions and comments may be sent to
last modified on 11/7/2008