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Lecture Course 201617: General Relativity (NWINM107)


This is a course on General Relativity at a level appropriate to master students in
theoretical physics.
It aims to convey the fundamental geometric concepts of the theory and the techniques required
to express them quantitatively. We will study a number of important physical phenomena for
which General Relativity provides a theoretical description, including the Schwarzschild geometry,
black holes and gravitational radiation.
Lectures: Tue 10:4512:30, Tutorials: Fri 15:4517:30 (first half of semester), Fri
10:4512:30 (second half of semester)
Course assistant: M. Reitz (HG02.064)
Literature: The main source of reference for this
course are S. Carroll's lecture notes, available here, and his book "Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity".


Lecture Course 201617: Special Relativity/Speciale Relativiteitstheorie (NWINP007B)


This course will provide an introduction to Einstein's beautiful Theory of
Special Relativity. We will discuss the relativity principle, learn about
the geometry and invariances of fourdimensional Minkowski space, spacetime
diagrams, Lorentz transformations and various applications, including length
contraction, time dilation, the twin paradox and relativistic energy, as
captured by Einstein's famous formula E=mc^2.
Lectures: Mon 10:4512:30, Tutorials: see
course schedule
Course tutors: L. van Dijk, P. de Haas
Literature: R.A. Serway and J.W. Jewett: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, with Modern Physics,
Cengage Learning (BrooksCole), 9th edition, 2013.

 




