MAT 401 Senior Seminar
General Relativity |

Office: Math Tower 3-108

Office hours: TTh 10:15--11:15

This seminar will introduce the student to the rôle of
**space-time curvature** in
Einstein's theory of gravitation. Topics will include:

- the geometry of Minkowski space;
- manifolds and tensors;
- Lorentz metrics;
- geodesics and test particles;
- Jacobi's equation for geodesic deviation;
- Ricci curvature;
- the stress energy tensor;
- Einstein's equations;
- the Schwarzschild solution;
- black holes; and
- Friedman cosmologies.

*Textbook:*

James Foster & J. David Nightingale

** A Short Course in General Relativity, **

Springer-Verlag,
2005.

The seminar's format will involve both lectures by the professor and
presentations by the students. Lively class participation will
be expected
of everyone enrolled in the seminar. **
Regular attendance is therefore required.**
Students who are forced to miss a class should promptly
contact the professor via e-mail with an explanation of their absence.

Grades will largely be based on

- the quality of the student's presentations; and
- the usefulness and frequency of the student's questions and comments.

Cases of chronically inadequate
class participation will be treated aggressively with
large doses of
written homework.

Useful information regarding the course will be posted on the World Wide Web at

The Professor may be reached by e-mail at

This is the best method for making appointments outside normal office hours.

*DSS advisory.* If you have a physical, psychiatric,
medical, or learning disability that may affect your ability to carry out
the assigned course work, please contact the office of Disabled Student
Services (DSS), Humanities Building, room 133, telephone 632-6748/TDD.
DSS will review your concerns and determine what accommodations may be
necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of disability
is confidential.