gravitation and cosmology

- instructor: alessandra buonanno
- class room: phy 0405
- lecture days: tuesday & thursday 2:00pm -
3:15pm

- first day of class: september 2
- last day of class: december 11

- office room: phy 4212

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

- office hours: after class or by appointment

- grader: sergey kurennoy

- office room: phy 4210

- e-mail: kurennoy@umd.edu
- phone: (301) 405 6190

- office hours: wednesday 1:00pm - 2:00pm

(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.

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 of lectures 1-2-3-4:

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

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

references of lectures 5-6:

- read chapters 6,7,8 of hartle's book
- living review by cliff will (read secs. 2.1.2, 2.1.3)

references of lectures 7-8:

- read chapters 8,9 of hartle's book

references of lectures 9-10:

- read chapters 9,10 of hartle's book

references of lectures 11-12:

- read chapters 10,12 of hartle's book

references of lectures 13-14:

- read chapters 14,15 of hartle's book

references of lectures 15-16:

- read chapter 15 of hartle's book
- for professor chris
reynolds talk,

read chapters 11 & 13 from hartle's book

references of lectures 17-18:

- read chapters 15, 17 of hartle's book

references of lectures 19-20:

- read chapter 18 of hartle's book
- The Cosmic Triangle paper

references of lectures 21-22-23:

- read chapter 19 of hartle's book
- Lectures on Cosmology paper
- Information on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe here
- Web site with information about the Cosmic Microwave
Background Radiation here

references of lectures 24-25:

- read chapter 20 of hartle's book
- read chapters 3 and 4 of hobson et al.'s book

references of lectures 26-27:

- read chapters 21 and 22 of hartle's book
- read chapters 7 and 8 of hobson et al.'s book

references of lectures 28-29:

- read chapter 23 of hartle's book
- read review
- slides
of last lecture

homeworks on lectures 1-2-3:

(assigned on Sep 4, due on Sep 11)

- problems 2-7, 5-1, 5-3, 5-13 from hartle's book
- problem 1S
- solutions

homeworks on lectures 4-5-6:

(assigned on Sep 16, due on Sep 23)

- problems 6-14, 7-11, 7-12 from hartle's book
- problems
2S

- solutions

homeworks on lectures 7-8:

(assigned on Sep 25, due on Oct 2)

- problems 9.8, 9.9, 9.11 from hartle's book
- problems
3S

- solutions

homeworks on lectures 9-10:

(assigned on Oct 7, due on Oct 14)

- problems 9-10, 9-18, 10-4 from hartle's book
- problem
4S

- solutions

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)

- problems 17-5, 18-3, 18-11, 18-14, 18-16 from hartle's book

homeworks on lectures 21-22-23-24:

(assigned on Nov 18, due on Nov 25)

- problems 19-6, 19-8, 19-9 from hartle's book
- problem 8S

homeworks on lectures 25-26:

(assigned on Dec 2, due on Dec 5)

- problem 20-17 from hartle's book
- problems
9S

homeworks on lectures 27-28:

(assigned on Dec 5, due on Dec 11)

- problem 22-5 from hartle's book
- problems
10S

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

last modified on 11/7/2008