General Relativity and Cosmology

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    General Relativity and Cosmology

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:

    Syllabus Outline:
    Mathematical tools for handling curved space. Metric; geodesics; principle of equivalence, experimental
    confirmations; cosmology, Robertson-Walker solution, the Big Bang; Einstein's field equations, Schwarzchild
    solution, observed effects, black holes.

    Aims and Objectives:
    The aim of this optional course is to provide a first treatise on general relativity and cosmology, as a
    prerequisite for those students who would like to continue further studies in mathematical or theoretical
    particle physics. The structure of the course is aimed at the mathematically advanced students, and skills in
    mathematics are essential, given that a substantial part of the course deals with tensors and other advanced
    mathematical concepts, such as elements of differential geometry. Some techniques used in this course, such as
    Lagrange equations, are also taught in greater detail in other third year courses, such as mathematical methods.

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