General Relativity

PHGN 418
General Relativity
Spring 2019


The Facts:

Lecture: T,TR 5-6:15pm in CoorsTek 140
Text: "Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity" by Sean Carroll
Alex's Office Hours: Monday 7-9:30pm in CK188 (Yup that's the student lounge), Tuesday 6:15-7pm in CK327, Wednesday 2-4pm in CK327 and Thursday 6:15-7pm in CK327.
Grading: Your grade will be based on lecture participation (10%), homework (50%), an in-class midterm exam (20%) and a take-home final exam (20%).

Lecture participation will be assessed by your response to questions posed during lecture. I will draw names randomly to answer questions and if you are not present or fail to respond as if paying attention, you will lose 1% of the 10% for lecture participation.

Homework will be assigned weekly. Instead of turning in your assignments I will administer short homework quizzes. The quiz will consist of two questions from which you will choose one to answer. Each question will be very similar to a part of one of the homework problems, but not identical. You will be allowed to use your homework solutions to help you on the quiz, but not your book. If you are a good then perhaps you will be able to work the quiz problems on the fly, but with the time constraint this will be next-to-impossible for most, so you should try your best to complete the assignments on your own. The reasons for this are two-fold. First it cuts out the motivation for simply copying someone else's homework, and secondly it will make the grading more expedient.

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