Phys 675 - Introduction to Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
University of Maryland, College Park
Fall 2014

Class meetings: TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, in Toll Bldg. 1219 (possibly venue to be moved)

Professor: Ted Jacobson,, Room 3151 PSC, 301-405-6020
Office hours: After class, by appointment, or drop by. 

TA: Antony Speranza,, Room 3260 PSC
Office hours: TBA

Textbook: Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity, by James B. Hartle
Textbook website, with supplements and errata

Track 2: Students desiring a more thorough introduction to the mathematical foundations of general relativity are invited,
through self-study or with a group, to study for example the first six chapters of General Relativity, by Robert M. Wald.
Dr. J. will be happy to answer questions about this material.

Course web site: Course plan, homework, notes, supplements, solutions and grades will all be posted.

Piazza course web forum: : Please use piazza for questions on course material or homework.
An answer will usually be posted very quickly, often even at surprising times.

E-mail:   I will use e-mail and piazza to communicate with the class. Students are responsible for making sure I have their correct
email address and checking their email daily. Important messages will sometimes be sent to the class by email. 

Homework Policies:

+ Usually assigned weekly.

+ Please make sure you include your name and the homework and course numbers, and staple the pages together. 
   Late homework accepted only under dire circumstances: if you know it will be impossible to turn in an assignment
   on time,
you must discuss this with me in advance of the due date. Medical reasons accepted only with a doctor's note.

+ Homework must be turned in to Dr. Jacobson (not to the TA).

+ It would be detrimental to your learning process and unfair to your classmates to make use of any solutions to the problems
   found online or elsewhere.  It is therefore strictly forbidden to make use of such.
+ You are allowed and encouraged to ask Prof. Jacobson for guidance, and to discuss homework with others, including at the Piazza
    web site (see above), but the work you turn in should be your own formulation, and should reflect your own understanding, and
    you should be prepared to explain and defend it on your own. See Academic Honesty section below for consequences of violation.
    Each student must turn in
Homework 0 with a signature, showing that homework policies have been read and understood.

          Grading: The course grade is based on the homework. There are no exams. The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. The letter
          grade corresponding to the total numerical score will be determined after reviewing the class performance as a whole.

Academic Integrity:  The University of Maryland, College Park has a Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council.
As a student you are responsible for upholding the standards of this Code for this course.  It is very important for you to be aware of the
consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information please visit and/or