402-0830-00L  General Relativity

SemesterAutumn Semester 2017
LecturersG. M. Graf
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


402-0830-00 VGeneral Relativity
**together with University of Zurich**
No classes on 7 and 9 November 2017 and on 19 and 21 December 2017.
They are preponed to the following dates: 22 September, 6 and 13 October, 24 November 2017.
4 hrs
Tue14:45-16:30HPV G 5 »
Thu10:45-12:30HPV G 5 »
22.09.14:45-16:30HPV G 4 »
06.10.14:45-16:30HPV G 4 »
13.10.14:45-16:30HPV G 4 »
24.11.14:45-16:30HPV G 4 »
G. M. Graf
402-0830-00 UGeneral Relativity
**together with University of Zurich**
2 hrs
Thu14:45-16:30HIT F 31.2 »
15:45-17:30HIT F 31.1 »
Fri12:45-14:30HIT F 13 »
12:45-14:30HIT F 31.1 »
G. M. Graf

Catalogue data

AbstractManifold, Riemannian metric, connection, curvature; Special Relativity; Lorentzian metric; Equivalence principle; Tidal force and spacetime curvature; Energy-momentum tensor, field equations, Newtonian limit; Post-Newtonian approximation; Schwarzschild solution; Mercury's perihelion precession, light deflection.
ObjectiveBasic understanding of general relativity, its mathematical foundations, and some of the interesting phenomena it predicts.
LiteratureSuggested textbooks:

C. Misner, K, Thorne and J. Wheeler: Gravitation
S. Carroll - Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General
R. Wald - General Relativity
S. Weinberg - Gravitation and Cosmology
N. Straumann - General Relativity with applications to Astrophysics

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits10 credits
ExaminersG. M. Graf
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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