General Relativity

PHGN 418
General Relativity
Spring 2021

The Facts:

Lecture: T,TR 5-6:15pm in Brown Building West 280
Suggested Text: "Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity" by Sean Carroll
My notes as typed up by a non-student, but nonetheless incredibly useful: (Notes)
Alex's Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30-7pm Madison's Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4:50pm
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. 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 four-fold. First it cuts out the motivation for simply copying someone else's homework, secondly it will make the grading more expedient, thirdly it means that your work will never leave your hands, and fourthly (and most importantly) it will force you to digest the homework instead of just completing it, turning it in, and forgetting about it.



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