Feb 19, 2020  
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 
Rensselaer Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

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PHYS 4240 - General Relativity

Introduction to the physics of gravitation and spacetime. Special relativity, tensor calculus, and relativistic electrodynamics. General relativity with selected applications of Einstein’s field equations (gravitational time dilation; gravitational lensing; frame dragging; gravitational radiation). The physics of nonrotating and rotating black holes. Relativistic models for the large-scale structure of the Universe. Observational constraints on the cosmological parameters. Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the Cosmic Background Radiation. A culminating experience project is required. (Meets with ASTR 4240).

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisites: PHYS 4330 and MATH 4600.

Cross Listed: Cross listed with ASTR 4240. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 4240 and ASTR 4240.

Credit Hours: 4

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