Lecture Course 2016-17: General Relativity (NWI-NM107)
This is a course on General Relativity at a level appropriate to master students in
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 10:45-12:30, Tutorials: Fri 15:45-17:30 (first half of semester), Fri
10:45-12:30 (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 2016-17: Special Relativity/Speciale Relativiteitstheorie (NWI-NP007B)
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 four-dimensional 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 10:45-12:30, Tutorials: see
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.