Study Programmes 2015-2016
Version 2014-2015
General relativity, Part 1: Introduction
Duration :
20h Th
Number of credits :
Master in Mathematical Sciences2
Master in Physical Sciences 4
Master in Space Sciences, Research focus2
Master in Mathematical Sciences2
Master in Physical Sciences 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 :
Classical first course in general relativity.
- Special relativity - Equivalence principle - Tensorial analysis in flat spaces - Stress-energy tensor - Riemannian manifolds - Einstein field equations - Spatially homogeneous and isotropic cosmological models - Schwarzschild geometrodynamics.
Learning outcomes of the course :
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
- Lecture notes; - Bernard F. Schutz, « A first course in general relativity », second edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral exam in January. In June, written exam and oral presentation of an application of the theory.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Yves De Rop
Département d'astrophysique, de géophysique et d'océanographie
Allée du 6 août, 17
Bâtiment B5c, bureau -1/2
4000 - Liège