GENERAL RELATIVITY Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45, Room 433 (Meyer Building)
Instructor: Roman Scoccimarro
Office Hours: Mondays 2-3PM, Room 506 Meyer. Or just email me.
Grades: Homework (60%), Final Exam (40%)
Recitations: Paul Duffell (pcd233 AT nyu.edu) [Mondays at 3:30pm in Room 333 Meyer]

Final Exam

Will be on May 15, 8AM-9:50AM

Textbook

J.B. Hartle, Gravity,
2003, Addison Wesley

See also,

B. Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity, 2nd edition,
2009, Cambridge Univeristy Press

Special Relativity (2 weeks)
- Inertial Frames, Principle of Relativity, Lorentz Transformations, Michelson Morley Experiment
- Spacetime, Coordinates and Invariance
- Relativistic Kinematics and Dynamics
- Variational Principle for Free Particle Motion, Light Rays

Gravity as Geometry (2 weeks) - Equivalence principle, Tests of Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass
- Clocks in a Gravitational Field, Applications to the GPS
- Local Inertial Frames, Light Cones, World Lines, Vectors
- Geodesics, Symmetries and Conservation Laws

Black Holes (3 weeks) - Schwarszschild Geometry, Gravitational Redshift
- Particle Orbits: Precession of the Perihelion of Mercury
- Light Ray Orbits: Deflection and time Delay of Light (Gravitational Lensing)
- Solar System Tests of General Relativity
- Gravitational Collapse to a Black Hole
- Astrophysical Back Holes (X-ray binaries, Galaxies, Hawking Radiation)