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January 11
Predrag Cvitanović? Just SAY IT!
1.
Atlanta snowmageddon
NOTE: classes cancelled due to icy conditions
January 13
2.
Atlanta snowmageddon II
NOTE: classes cancelled due to icy conditions
Chapter 1
Gravitational Physics
Please read this chapter yourself. It will not be covered in the class.
[emergency help]
[assigned viewing]
January 17
Martin Luther King Day
January 18
3.
Geometry as Physics
Chapter 2
Geometry as Physics
Predrag Cvitanović? Just SAY IT!
January 20
3.
Newtonian Physics
Chapter 2
Geometry as Physics
Sect. 2.6 and Box 2.3.
Chapter 3
Newtonian Physics
Sects. 3.1 - 3.4.
homework #1:
Chapter
2,
problem
2,
optional
10.
Chapter
3,
problem
2,
optional
5.
- due in class, Thu
Jan 27. Democracy has been saved by Brendan Sullivan!
Hartle and Cvitanović
are wrong, everybody in the class
is right, Earth trumps Sun in problem 2.2. Will adjust grades accordingly.
[solutions to homework
#1:
2.2, 2.10, 3.5]
January 25
4.
Variational principle
Chapter 3
Newtonian Physics
Sect. 3.5: Variational principle
January 27
5.
Principles of Special Relativity
Chapter 4
Principles of Special Relativity
February 1
6.
Principles of Special Relativity
February 3
7.
E = m c square
Chapter 5
Special Relativistic Mechanics
Sects. 5.1 - 5.4
homework
#2:
[solutions to homework
#2]
How is this course graded?
February 8
8.
Variational principle
Chapter 5
Special Relativistic Mechanics
Sects. 5.4 - 5.6
February 10
9.
Doppler shift
Doppler Shift and Moving beyond a Non-Accelerating frame.
homework
#3:
[solutions to homework
#3]
February 15
10.
Curved Spacetime
Chapter 7
Description of Curved Spacetime
Sect. 7.1.
February 17
11.
Curved Spacetime
Sects. 7.2 to 7.5.
homework
#4:
[solutions to homework
#4]
February 22
12.
Curved Spacetime
Sects. 7.5 to 7.6.
February 24
13.
Curved Spacetime
Sects. 7.7 to 7.9.
homework
#5:
[solutions to homework
#5]
[solutions to homework
#5, example 7.2]
March 1
14.
The Global Positioning System
Sects. 6.2 to 6.6.
March 3
15.
Wormholes
Sects. 7.7. Seek alternative sources of enlightment
concerning covariant
vs contravariant indices: vectors vs forms, etc..
Let me know it you found something insightful.
homework
#6:
Note: this homework due March 17. Problem 8.1 added March 10.
[solutions to homework
#6]
March 8
16.
Geodesics
Chapter 8
Geodesics
The most important chapter. Wormholes are fun.
March 10
9:35-10:55am Howey S204: midterm exam
What does midterm cover:
All the assigned reading up to March 3. The problems will
be much like the assigned exercises.
Scores: from 8 to 29, out of 30 max.
[overview of material covered]
[solutions to the midterm exam]
March 15
Midterm review
Please study the midterm solutions; they are very detailed,
I will answer only questions that are not in the solutions
provided. My advice: (1) Do work through the assigned problems,
there is no other way to learn theoretical physics. (2) Do come
to lectures, they can help you sort out what is important
and what is not.
(3) Seize the opportunities of
the small class, participate and discuss unclear points. (4) Do
stop by my office if you do not understand something off the bat.
March 17
17.
Geodesics
homework
#7:
Note: this homework due April 7.
[solutions to homework
#7]
March 21-25
spring break
March 29
18.
Geodesics
Worked out Christoffel symbol in polar coordinates.
March 31
19.
Geodesics
Symmetries, Killing vectors, freely falling frames.
April 5
20.
Geometry Outside of a Spherical Star
Chapter 9
The Geometry Outside a Spherical Star
Timelike particle orbits in Schwarzschild geometry.
Redshift and particle orbits.
April 7
21. Orbits in Schwarzschild geometry
homework
#7 due
Chapter 9
The Geometry Outside a Spherical Star
The geometry outside a spherical star.
Lightlike orbits in Schwarzschild.
Time delay of light.
homework
#8:
[solutions to homework
#8]
April 12
22.
Getting ready to meet Albert
Chapter 20
A Little More Math
A hard jump.
[Max's solution: Her covariant derivatives blow my mind"]
April 14
23.
More Math
April 19
24.
Einstein Equation
Chapter 21
Curvature and the Einstein equation
Read sects. 21.1 and 21.2
homework
#9:
NOTE: due Tue April 26 2011
[solutions to homework
#9]
April 21
25.
Einstein Equation: Schwarzschild solution
Chapter 21
Curvature and the Einstein equation
Read sects. 21.3 and 21.4
[Einstein equation: the battle plan]
April 26
26.
Stress-energy tensor
Read sects. 22.1 and 22.2
Lautrup Chapter 6
Stress
Optional reading from
B. Lautrup,
Physics of Continuous Matter, if you would like to understand
the classical stress tensor.
For the full story, take
"Introduction to Continuum Physics".
April 28
27.
Einstein equation
Read sect. 22.3
April 29
GT classes end
Final exam syllabus:
An overview of material covered by the final exam
Thursday May 5
final exam 8:00am - 10:50am
closed book, closed lecture notes, no calculator.
solutions to the final exam, version of May 8
until May ?
course opinion survey
Instructor's opinion: Show this class a few indices, and it's like deer in a floodlight. Democracy does not work - nobody is going to try to explain the Einstein field equation in the first undergraduate relativity course again. I never got so many white hairs as in this course...
CETL web link
May 7
the future looks bright - have good holidays!
the rest has yet to be worked out ...

May 9
GT grades due at noon
grade distribution