syllabus  timetable  projects  problems  texts 
Week  Topic  Monday  Wednesday  Friday  

1  Special Relativity  Jan 12
Organization 
Jan 14
Philosophy 
Jan 16
History 

2  Jan 19
Martin Luther King day 
Jan 21
Postulates 
Jan 23
Spacetime diagrams 

3  Jan 26
Video on Special Relativity: The Mechanical Universe Lessons 4144 
Jan 28

Jan 30
Time dilation, Lorentz contraction 

4  Feb 2
What things actually look like at relativistic speeds 
Feb 4
Spacetime Wheel 
Feb 6


5  Feb 9
Energymomentum

Feb 11

Feb 13


6 
General Relativity, Black Holes 
Feb 16
Postulates of GR 
Feb 18
Principle of Equivalence 
Feb 20
Geodesics, metric


7  Feb 23
Schwarzschild geometry 
Feb 25
Spacetime/Penrose diagrams 
Feb 27
River Model of BHs 

8  Mar 1
Schwarzschild wormhole 
Mar 3  Mar 5


9  Mar 8
Charged Black Holes 
Mar 10
Rotating Black Holes 
Mar 12
Fiske: "Black Holes" 

10  Mar 15
Hawking radiation 
Mar 17

Mar 19


11  Spring Break  
12  Cosmology  Mar 29
Hubble expansion 
Mar 31
Geometry 
Apr 2
FRW metric 

13  Apr 5
Friedmann equations 
Apr 7
Matter, radiation, vacuum 
Apr 9


14  Apr 12
Cosmic Microwave Background 
Apr 14
Inflation

Apr 16


15  Apr 19
Dark Matter 
Apr 21
Primordial Nucleosynthesis 
Apr 23
Fiske: "Big Bang" 

16  Apr 26
Time 
Apr 28

Apr 30


17  Tuesday May 4

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