Summer term 2011

Exercise classes on Relativity and Cosmology I

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer
Manuel Krämer (e-mail: mk (at) thp.uni-koeln.de, room: K105 [ground floor of the Nuclear Physics Institute])

Thursdays, 12:30-14:00, start: April 14, 2011
in the seminar room of the Institute for Theoretical Physics

Exercise sheets:

Copies of the exercise sheets can be found in front of the entrance of the Institute for Theoretical Physics. New exercise sheets will be put there each Wednesday after the lecture (11:30 am). Alternatively, they can be downloaded below.

The solutions to the exercises have to be handed in one week later during the exercise class by each student individually. The exercises are then discussed yet another week later.

Exercise sheet 1 (Apr 6):  pdf (deadline: Apr 14; discussion: Apr 14/21)
Exercise sheet 2 (Apr 13):  pdf (deadline: Apr 21; discussion: Apr 28)
Exercise sheet 3 (Apr 20):  pdf (deadline: Apr 28; discussion: May 5)
Exercise sheet 4 (Apr 27):  pdf (deadline: May 12 (extended); discussion: May 12)
Exercise sheet 5 (May 4):  pdf (deadline: May 12; discussion: May 19) → Solution to exercise B.1 d: pdf
Exercise sheet 6 (May 11):  pdf (deadline: May 19; discussion: May 26)
Exercise sheet 7 (May 18):  pdf (deadline: May 26; discussion: Jun 9)
Exercise sheet 8 (May 25):  pdf (deadline: Jun 1; discussion: Jun 9)
Exercise sheet 9 (Jun 1):  pdf (deadline: Jun 9; discussion: Jun 30)
Exercise sheet 10 (Jun 8):  pdf (deadline: Jun 30; discussion: Jul 7)
Exercise sheet 11 (Jun 29):  pdf (deadline: Jul 7; discussion: Jul 14)

Criteria for passing the course:

  • Active participation in the exercise class, i.e. presenting a solution to an exercise at least twice.
  • At least 50 % of the credit points from the exercises.

  • Literature:

  • J. Hartle, Gravity (Addison-Wesley)
  • R. Sexl, H. Urbantke, Gravitation und Kosmologie (Spektrum)
  • Lecture notes by H. Matschull, University of Mainz (in German): Part 1 Part 2
  • Further reading:

  • R. M. Wald, General Relativity (University of Chicago Press)
  • R. d'Inverno, Introducing Einstein's Relativity (Oxford University Press)
  • W. Rindler, Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological (Oxford University Press)