Study Programmes 2015-2016
SPAT0012-1  
General relativity, Part 1: Introduction
Duration :
20h Th
Number of credits :
Master in physical engineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (120 ECTS)2
Master in physics (120 ECTS)4
Master in physics (120 ECTS)4
Master in physics (120 ECTS)4
Master in physics (120 ECTS)4
Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)2
Master in mathematics (60 ECTS)2
Master in physics (60 ECTS)4
Lecturer :
Yves De Rop
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
This is a non technical course describing the main ideas and concepts of Einstein's theory of gravitation.
 
- Special relativity;
- Rindler metric;
- Equivalence principle between inertia and gravitation;
- Rotating frames;
- Intrinsic curvature of surfaces;
- Introduction to non euclidean geometries.
Learning outcomes of the course :
The learning outcome is to offer the students a new perspective beyond the design of space and time according to Newton : the relativistic spacetime.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Basic notions in theoretical physics (classical mechanics and electromagnetism).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
None.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Face-to-face.
Recommended or required readings :
Lecture notes are available.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral exam in January (one question).
Work placement(s) :
None.
Organizational remarks :
None.
Contacts :
Yves De Rop
Département d'astrophysique, de géophysique et d'océanographie
Allée du 6 août, 17
Bâtiment B5c, bureau -1/2
4000 - Liège

Y.DeRop@ulg.ac.be
Items online :
Relativité générale (2015)
Syllabus for the course SPAT0012 (in french).