General Relativity

Instructor:
Marc
Kamionkowski

Bridge Annex 120

x2563

kamion AT tapir.caltech.edu

**TA:** **Jonathon
Pritchard**
([email protected]; x4519; 123 Bridge Annex)

**Class times:** MW 1-2:30; 269 Lauritsen

**Class description: ** We will
start with cosmology. First the standard FRW metric and classical
cosmological tests, and we will then move on to cosmological
perturbations. Subsequent subjects will be determined as we
proceed, and with input from the class, but may include gravitational
lensing, gravitational waves, scalar-tensor or other
alternative-gravity theories, accretion disks.....

**Prerequisites:** Ph236a or the equivalent.

**Homework: **There will be problem sets
assigned the
first class of every week that will be due the first class of the
following
week, at which point solutions will be handed out. ** There
will
be no extensions. **Completion of all the homeworks, with one
exception,
is required for the class. If you turn in all
the
problem sets, your lowest score will be dropped when we calculate the
grade. You will get the most out of
the
class if you make a real effort to solve all the problems by
yourself. If you are truly stuck, you may consult the
literature, a
classmate, or TA for inspiration. However, once you have received
whatever minimal hints you need to get going, you should then go
back and solve the problems and write out the solutions entirely on
your own.

* *

**Grade: **100%
homework. Note that completion of all (but one)
homework is required.

**Some possibly useful books (some on reserve in
the
library):
**The general
relativity books by Wald, Carroll, Hartle, Weinberg, MTW.... may all be
useful.

Peebles' Principles of Physical Cosmology may come in handy.

So might Peacock's cosmology book and Kolb&Turner's "Early Universe"

Dodelson's "Modern Cosmology" will be useful for cosmological perturbations

Liddle and Lyth's book on inflation is also good for cosmological perturbations

SYLLABUS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

**HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:
**

Problem Set 1 (due in class January
10)
[PS]

Problem Set 2 (due in class January
18)
[PS] (typo corrected; Omega_Lambda=0
in part (iii) of problem 2)

Problem Set 3 (due in class, January 24) [PS]

Problem Set 4 (due in class, January 31) [PS]

Problem Set 5 (due in class, February 7) [PS]

Problem Set 6 (due in class, February 14) [PS]

Problem Set 7 (due in class, February 22) [PS]

Problem Set 8 (due in class, February 28) [PS]

Problem Set 9 (due in class, March 7) [PS]

Problem Set 10 (due March 14) [PS]

Last
updated 7 March 2005