Winter term 2011/12

Relativity and Cosmology II

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

Contents of the lecture:

Black holes, Cosmology, Cartan calculus

Mondays, 16:00-17:30, in the seminar room of the Institute for Theoretical Physics,
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30, in the seminar room of the I. Physical Institute.
Start: October 10, 2011

Exercise classes:

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30, in the library of the Nuclear Physics Institute (second floor) → Ring the bell of the secretariat to get access.
Start: October 20, 2011

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 0 (Oct 20):  pdf (discussion: Oct 20)
Exercise sheet 1 (Oct 12):  pdf (deadline: Oct 20; discussion: Oct 27)
Exercise sheet 2 (Oct 19):  pdf (deadline: Oct 27; discussion: Nov 3)
Exercise sheet 3 (Oct 26):  pdf (deadline: Nov 3; discussion: Nov 10)
Exercise sheet 4 (Nov 2):  pdf (deadline: Nov 10; discussion: Nov 17)
Exercise sheet 5 (Nov 9):  pdf (deadline: Nov 17; discussion: Nov 24)
Exercise sheet 6 (Nov 16):  pdf (deadline: Nov 24; discussion: Dec 1)
Exercise sheet 7 (Nov 23):  pdf (deadline: Dec 1; discussion: Dec 8)
Exercise sheet 8 (Nov 30):  pdf (deadline: Dec 8; discussion: Dec 15)
Exercise sheet 9 (Dec 7):  pdf (deadline: Dec 15; discussion: Dec 22)
Exercise sheet 10 (Dec 14):  pdf (deadline: Dec 22; discussion: Jan 12)
Exercise sheet 11 (Dec 21):  pdf (deadline: Jan 12; discussion: Jan 19)
Exercise sheet 12 (Jan 11):  pdf (deadline: Jan 19; discussion: Jan 26)
Exercise sheet 13 (Jan 18):  pdf (deadline: Jan 30; discussion: Feb 2)

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)