Intro to General Relativity

Jan 2017

The first half of this course focused on the language of general relativity: index notation for vectors and tensors, metrics, covarient derivatives, geodesics, and definitions of the relevant tensors. This was not hard, but it was very computational. However, it was certainly worth while, as it prepared us for the presentation of black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology in the second half of the course. This mix of very quantitative computations and fairly qualitative discussion of phenomenon made this a very exciting course; we learned just enough math to make the physics truly understandable.