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Physics P637/P700
Theory of Gravitation - Fall 2000/Spring 2001

Course WWW home page: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/p637.html

MW 1:00-2:15PM (Section 8698)
Swain West 103
Instructor: Mike Berger

Phone: (812) 855-2609
Email: berger@gluon.physics.indiana.edu
WWW: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/aboutme.html
Office Hours: Thursday, 2-4pm, or by appt.
Theory of Gravitation (P637-P700): The general theory of relativity and its observational basis.

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Topics

o Text

A First Course in General Relativity

by Bernard F. Schutz

o Other Useful Reference Material

Ray d'Inverno, Introducing Einstein's Relativity, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992.

Ian R. Kenyon, General Relativity, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1991.

Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne and John Archibald Wheeler, Gravitation, W. H. Freeman Press, San Francisco, 1973, the "telephone book."

H. Stephani, General Relativity, Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 1990.

Edwin F. Taylor, John A. Wheeler, Spacetime Physics: Introduction to Special Relativity, W. H. Freeman Press, 1992, for review of special relativity.

Robert M. Wald, General Relativity, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1984.

Steven Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology, John Wiley and Sons, 1972.

o Relativity Bookmarks

A large number of internet sites about relativity can be found at http://www.phy.syr.edu/research/relativity/RELATIVITY.html .

o Problem Sets

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Problem Sets will typically be due on Fridays.

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Take Home Exam (Due December 8, 2000)

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o Grading

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o Grades

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