Special & General Relativity
Class Periods: MWF Period 10 (5:10-6:00pm)
Academic Term: Fall 2022
- Richard Woodard, NPB 2065
- Office Hours: T9 (4:05-4:55pm) and W5 (11:45-12:35pm)
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Course Description: PHZ6607 Special & General Relativity, 3 Credits, Letter Grade
Special relativity, tensor analysis, covariant electromagnetism and hydrodynamics; general relativity, Riemannian geometry, gravity as curvature, exact solutions; relativistic astrophysics, cosmology.
Course Pre-Requisites (if you are not a physics graduate student)
- PHY6346 and PHY6347 - Graduate Electrodynamics
- PHY6246 - Graduate Classical Mechanics
The point of this course (beyond its immense general interest) is to prepare students for advanced research in topics such as gravitational waves, astrophysics, cosmology, quantum gravity and quantum field theory on curved spacetime. This will be accomplished by:
- Understanding that simultaneity is a frame-dependent concept, and how to resolve relativistic paradoxes.
- Understanding tensor transformation laws in special and general relativity.
- Organizing dynamics in terms of tensor equations, and how to go back with 3+1 decompositions.
- Understanding the nonrelativistic and the weak field correspondence limits of general relativity.
- Understanding how gravity affects matter and how matter affects gravity.
- Studying three special systems: black holes, gravitational radiation and FLRW cosmology.
- Understanding the restrictions imposed on alternate gravity theories by symmetry and stability.
- Spacetime and Geometry
- Sean M. Carroll
- ISBN 978-1-108-48839-6
- Day 1 (Aug. 24) Sections 1.1 - 1.2 in Carroll.
- Day 2 (Aug. 26) Sections 1.3 - 1.5 in Carroll.
- Day 3 (Aug. 29) Sections 1.6 - 1.7 in Carroll.
- Homework #1 due by 5:10pm on Aug. 31
- Day 4 (Aug. 31) Sections 1.8 - 1.9 in Carroll.
- Day 5 (Sept. 2) Section 1.10 in Carroll.
- Labor Day Holiday (Sept. 5)
- Homework #2 due by 5:10pm on Sept. 7
- Day 6 (Sept. 7) Sections 2.1 - 2.2 in Carroll.
- Day 7 (Sept. 9) Sections 2.3 - 2.4 in Carroll.
- Day 8 (Sept. 12) Sections 2.5 - 2.6 in Carroll.
- Homework #3 due by 5:10pm on Sept. 14
- Day 9 (Sept. 14) Sections 2.7 - 2.8 in Carroll.
- Day 10 (Sept. 16) Sections 2.9 - 2.10 in Carroll.
- Day 11 (Sept. 19) Sections 3.1 - 3.2 in Carroll.
- Homework #4 due by 5:10pm on Sept. 21
- Day 12 (Sept. 21) Section 3.3 - 3.4 in Carroll.
- Day 13 (Sept. 23) Section 3.5 in Carroll.
- Day 14 (Sept. 26)Sections 3.6 - 3.7 in Carroll.
- Homework #5 due by 5:10pm on Sept. 28
- Day 15 (Sept. 28) Sections 3.8 - 3.9 in Carroll.
- Day 16 (Sept. 30) Section 3.10 in Carroll.
- Day 17 (Oct. 3) Sections 4.1 - 4.2 in Carroll.
- Homework #6 due by 5:10pm on Oct. 5
- Day 18 (Oct. 5) Sections 4.3 - 4.4 in Carroll.
- UF Homecoming Holiday (Oct. 7)
- Day 19 (Oct. 10) Sections 4.5 - 4.6 in Carroll.
- Homework #7 due by 5:10pm on Oct. 12
- Day 20 (Oct. 12) Section 4.7 in Carroll.
- Day 21 (Oct. 14) Section 4.8 in Carroll.
- Day 22 (Oct.17) Sections 5.1 - 5.2 in Carroll.
- Homework #8 due by 5:10pm on Oct. 19
- Day 23 (Oct. 19) Sections 5.3 - 5.4 in Carroll.
- Day 24 (Oct. 21) Sections 5.5 - 5.6 in Carroll.
- Day 25 (Oct. 24) Section 5.7 in Carroll.
- Homework #9 due by 5:10pm on Oct. 26
- Day 26 (Oct. 26) Section 5.8 in Carroll.
- Day 27 (Oct. 28) Sections 6.1 - 6.3 in Carroll.
- Day 28 (Oct. 31) Sections 6.4 - 6.5 in Carroll.
- Homework #10 due by 5:10pm on Nov. 2
- Day 29 (Nov. 2) Section 6.6 in Carroll.
- Day 30 (Nov. 4) Section 6.7 in Carroll.
- Day 31 (Nov. 7) Sections 7.1 - 7.2 in Carroll.
- Homework #11 due by 5:10pm on Nov. 9
- Day 32 (Nov. 9) Sections 7.3 - 7.4 in Carroll.
- Veteran's Day Holiday (Nov. 11)
- Day 33 (Nov. 14) Section 7.5 in Carroll.
- Homework #12 due by 5:10pm on Nov. 16
- Day 34 (Nov. 16) Section 7.6 in Carroll.
- Day 35 (Nov. 18) Section 7.7 in Carroll.
- Day 36 (Nov. 21) Section 8.1 - 8.2 in Carroll.
- Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 23)
- Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 25)
- Day 37 (Nov. 28) Sections 8.3 - 8.4 in Carroll.
- Homework #13 due by 5:10pm on Nov. 30
- Day 38 (Nov. 30) Sections 8.5 - 8.6 in Carroll.
- Day 39 (Dec. 2) Section 8.7 in Carroll.
- Day 40 (Dec. 5) Section 8.8 in Carroll.
- Homework #14 due by 5:10pm on Dec. 7
- Day 41 (Dec. 7) Final comments.
Attendance Policy, Class Expectations, and Make-Up Policy
Students are expected to attend lectures but attendance will not be taken, nor is there any penalty for absence. Class notes will be posted under ``Files''. Homework will be assigned weekly, due at the start of class on Wednesdays and returned in class on Fridays. Excusing missed assignments must be consistent with university policies in the Graduate Catalog (Link) and will require appropriate documentation.
Evaluation of Grades
There will be no exams. The course grade will be based entirely on 14 weekly homework assignments, worth 15 points apiece.
Grading Policy (Grade cutoffs may be lowered but they will not be raised)
|85 - 100||178.5 - 210.0||A||4.00|
|80 - 85||168.0 - 178.5||A-||3.67|
|75 - 80||157.5 - 168.0||B+||3.33|
|70 - 75||147.0 - 157.5||B||3.00|
|65 - 70||136.5 - 147.0||B-||2.67|
|60 - 65||126.0 - 136.5||C+||2.33|
|55 - 60||115.5 - 126.0||C||2.00|
|50 - 55||105.0 - 115.5||C-||1.67|
|45 - 50||94.5 - 105.0||D+||1.33|
|40 - 45||84.0 - 94.5||D||1.00|
|35 - 40||73.5 - 84.0||D-||0.67|
|0 - 35||0 - 73.5||E||0.00|
Students Requiring Accommodations
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