TFYY57 Theory of Relativity (old webpage)

Important Note: From ht2 2010, the course will be given by MAI (Fredrik Andersson). Updated information can be found via the MAI webpage. (Old information about the 2008 course can be found here.)

Course plan and references:

Lecture notes:

Homework assignments:

Course responsible:
Fredrik Andersson (MAI)

The purpose of the course is to give a good understanding of the principles and consequences of the special and general theory of relativity and an introductory knowledge of relativistic cosmology. After a finished course the student knows how to:
  • use the relativistic introductory four-formalism to solve problems within the special relativity
  • use the theory of Lorentz tensors to solve problems concerning electromagnetic fields with a relativistic formalism
  • use the mathematical formalism for connections and general tensors (like the Riemann tensor) to solve problems of general relativistic nature

    The course is presented on 48(?) lecture hours.

    Prerequisites: Electromagnetic Field Theory, Analytical mechanics.
    Recommended (but not necessary) course: Classical Electrodynamics

    Course contents:
    The postulates of special relativity, Lorentz-transformations, high energy dynamics, transformation properties of electromagnetic fields, the electromagnetic field tensor. Basic tensor calculus. The postulates of general relativity. Einstein's field equations, Schwarzschild's solution of the field equations. The deviation of light in a gravitational field, the perihelion drift of Mercury and the gravitational redshift is computed and related to the observed data. Black holes. An introduction to relativistic cosmology.

    Course literature:
    R. D'Inverno, Introducing Einstein's Relativity, Oxford University Press, is recommended.

    Homework problems and oral presentations.

  • Examiner: Fredrik Andersson

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