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PX436 lecture list

This is the approximate order of lectures and problems classes. Note the number of lectures vs problems classes may slip +/-1 either way and there may be some changes to the topics given here, although they will not be radically different.

Any changes will be noted here as term goes on.

  1. Introduction
  2. Special relativity I
  3. Special relativity II
  4. Vectors
  5. Tensors
  6. Stress-energy tensor
  7. Problems class I
  8. General coordinates
  9. Metrics
  10. The connection
  11. Parallel transport
  12. Geodesics
  13. Curvature
  14. Problems class II
  15. Einstein's field equations
  16. Schwarzschild geometry
  17. Schwarzschild equations of motion
  18. Schwarzschild orbits + Precession
  19. Photon orbits and Deflection of Light
  20. Schwarzschild black holes
  21. Problems class III
  22. Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric
  23. Dynamics of the Universe
  24. Cosmological distances
  25. Problems class IV
  26. Linear GR
  27. Gravitational waves
  28. Detecting gravitational waves
  29. Problems class V