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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 479 (MATH 479) Special and General Relativity (3) Mathematical description, physical concepts, and experimental tests of special and general relativity.

PHYS (MATH) 479 Special and General Relativity (3)

This course is intended as an elective course (within the undergraduate Physics program) for Physics majors to be taken in their senior year. Intended to be cross-listed with MATH, it can also be used in support of a Mathematics minor and, in some options, within the Math program as a program elective as well. The course significantly expands upon the introduction to Special Relativity (SR) seen in PHYS 237, including discussions of experimental tests of SR and applications to relativistic mechanics. It then introduces students to the mathematical machinery required to understand General Relativity (GR), starting with the description of curved spacetimes and geodesics. It discusses solutions to the Einstein equations and surveys the classic tests which established the validity of General Relativity. It concludes with applications of GR in such areas as black hold physics, the generation and detection of gravitational waves, other topics (such as cosmology, relativistic astrophysics, etc.).

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237, PHYS 400, PHYS 419;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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