Summer Semester 2013The course is an introduction to General Relativity. Suggested prerequisites: Classical Mechanics; Electromagnetism (including Special Relativity, although we will review it in the first lectures).
15.05 No lecture today
24.06 (lecture by I. Sawicki)
Detailed program. We covered all of the textbook by Schutz, with the following exceptions (referring to the second edition): Section 5.5; p. 211-212 (An exact plane wave); p. 215-218 (A resonant detector); p. 233-237 (Exact solution of the wave eq.); p. 246-247 (GW from the big bang); p. 267-268 (Buchdahl's interior solution); p. 316-318 (The Penrose process); Sect. 11.5
During the course a few homework sheets will be handed out. Some of them will be graded and you have to pass a minimum threshold to be admitted to the written exam. The exact details will be communicated during the exercise classes.
FIRST WRITTEN EXAM:
25.07.2013; 9:15-12am; Lecture theatre HS1 in INF 227 (KIP). Rules for all the written exams: You can bring a single hand-written DIN A4 sheet of paper with all the formulae that you can fit in (both sides). No other material (books, tablets, pocket calculators etc) allowed. Bring a valid ID card.
Here you can find last year midterm exam sheet. Notice that topics like gravitational waves, spherically symmetric solutions, cosmology were not included.
Second date: September 16, gHS Philosophenweg 12, 9:15-12am. The rules of the first exam apply.
You can choose the date you prefer and if you fail (or do not hand in) the earliest one you can try the second one (however notice that you cannot try the second one if you pass the first one.)
NEW: Third date: October 24, nHS Philosophenweg 12, 9:15-12am. The rules of the first exam apply.
NOTICE: You can choose the third date only if you do not hand in the test on the previous date. Moreover, you must register to the third exam by sending an e-mail to L. Amendola by October 13.