Study Programmes 2015-2016
SPAT0012-1  
General relativity, Part 1: Introduction
Duration :
20h Th
Number of credits :
Master in Engineering Physics2
Master in Mathematical Sciences2
Master in Mathematical Sciences2
Master in Physical Sciences 4
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 :
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).