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Introduction to General Relativity - APM4804

Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: General relativity is the relativistic theory of gravitation, and is widely regarded as one of the major achievements of 20th century physical science. The detailed syllabus is: Review of special relativity. The equivalence principle and the physical ideas that lead to general relativity. The Einstein field equations. The linearised field equations: Comparison with Newtonian theory, and gravitational waves. The Schwarzschild solution: Derivation and properties. Introduction to black holes. The Friedmann-Robertson-Walker solution.