PHYS 471 Introduction to Relativity and Cosmology

3 semester hours

Historical introduction. Review of Special Relativity. Differential geometry, tensor analysis and curvature. The Equivalence Principle and Einstein's field equations. The Schwarzschild solution and Black Holes. The standard model of Cosmology and Robertson-Walker metrics. The Friedmann equation and the cosmological constant. Red-shift and cosmological distance. Type la Supernovae as distance indicators. Inflation, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and other problems of current cosmology. Alternative theories of gravity.

Lecture, 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PHYS 301 , or PHYS 321  or PHYS 361  or concurrent enrollment.

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