Relativity and Cosmology I

14756.2014  |  Winter term 2017/18

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

Mondays, 16:00-17:30, and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30,
in the seminar room of the Institute for Theoretical Physics (old building)

Start: October 9, 2017

Master core course within the Primary Area of Specialization GR-QFT

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Black hole concept drawing

Exercise classes

Start: October 19


Branislav Nikolic (office: 3.04 new building TP), Nick Kwidzinski (office: 2.02 new building TP) and YiFan Wang (office: 107 old building TP)

Time and place:   

Exercise class I:
Thursday, 14:00-15:30, in Room 0.01 in the new building TP
Tutor: Nick Kwidzinski
Exercise class II:
Thursday, 16:00-17:30, in Room 0.02 in the new building TP,
except October 19, when it will take place at 17:45 in room 0.01
Tutor: Branislav Nikolic
Exercise class III:
Thursday, 16:00-17:30, conference room in the old building TP
Tutor: YiFan Wang

Exercise sheets

New exercise sheets will be released each Wednesday before noon and can be downloaded below.
A limited amount of copies will also be put in the respective shelf next to the entrance of the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
The exercises are usually discussed one week after the respective deadline.

   No. Release Deadline Discussion Remark
   Exercise sheet 1 October 18 October 26 November 2
   Exercise sheet 2 October 25 November 2 November 9
   Exercise sheet 3 November 2 November 9 November 16
   Exercise sheet 4 November 8 November 16 November 23 Updated!
   Exercise sheet 5 November 15 November 23 December 30
   Exercise sheet 6 November 22 December 30 December 7

Criteria for passing the course

  • At least 50 % of the credit points in the final written exam.
  • Exam: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 16:00-18:00 in Hörsaal (lecture hall) III
    Please note that there will be no lecture course on that day.


Further reading

Contents of the lecture
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Newtonian Gravity
  • 3. Special relativity
  • 4. Gravity as geometry
  • 5. Differential geometry I: Classic formulation
  • 6. Einstein's field equations and their linear approximation
  • 7. Gravitational waves
  • 8. The Schwarzschild solution
  • 9. Geodesics in the Schwarzschild solution

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