Home Page for Physics 171 (General Relativity) for the 2014 Fall Quarter


This page contains copies of the class handouts, and other items of interest to the Physics 171 class. This course is being offered during the 2014 fall quarter at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

new!!! The first homework set has been posted to Section III of this website.

Links to a free textbook on tensor calculus entitled Introduction to Tensor Calculus and Continuum Mechanics by John H. Heinbockel can be found in Section VI of this website. You can download PDF files of individual chapters.


Table of Contents

[ I. General Information and Syllabus | II. Links to the Web Site for the Textbook | III. Problem Sets and Exams | IV. Solutions to Problem Sets and Exams | V. Other Class Handouts | VI. A Free Book on Tensor Calculus | VII. Related Web Pages of Interest]



I. General Information and Syllabus

The General Information and Syllabus handout is available in either PDF or Postscript format     [PDF | Postscript]
Some of the information in this handout is reproduced here.

General Information

Instructor Howard Haber
Office ISB 326
Phone 459-4228
Office Hours Mondays and Tuesdays, 2--3 pm
e-mail haber@scipp.ucsc.edu
webpage scipp.ucsc.edu/~haber/

Class Hours

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10--11:45 pm, Nat. Sci. Annex 103

Required Textbook

Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology, by Robert J.A. Lambourne (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Course Grading and Requirements

40% regular problem sets
25% Midterm Exam (take-home exam November 10--13, 2003)
35% Final Exam (Monday December 15, 2014, 12--3 pm)

Problem sets will be handed out on a regular basis. The homework problem sets are not optional. You are encouraged to discuss the class material and homework problems with your classmates and to work in groups, but all submitted problems should represent your own work and understanding.

The final exam will be held in Nat. Sci. Annex 103 and will cover the complete course material. You must take the final exam to pass the course.

Course Syllabus

The course outline is available in either PDF or Postscript format     [PDF | Postscript]

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II. Links to the Website of the Textbook

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III. Problem Sets and Exams

Problem sets and exams are available in either PDF or Postscript formats

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IV. Solutions to Problem Sets and Exams

The problem set solutions are available in either PDF or postscript formats.

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V. Other Class Handouts

1. THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN GENERAL RELATIVITY AND EXPERIMENT.
By Clifford M. Will (Florida U.). Mar 28, 2014. 113pp.
Published in Living Rev.Rel. 17 (2014) 4
DOI: 10.12942/lrr-2014-4
e-Print: arXiv:1403.7377 [gr-qc] | PDF (arXiv version)| PDF (Journal version)

Detailed record

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VI. A Free Book on Tensor Calculus

A free textbook entitled Introduction to Tensor Calculus and Continuum Mechanics by John H. Heinbockel is available via the links below. Check it out if you would like more practice in using tensors and manipulating indices.

The above files are zip files that should be unzipped on a Windows based PC. You should be warned that I have not succeeded in printing out any of the above files obtained after unzipping (although they can be viewed successfully with acrobat reader or ghostview). For your convenience, each chapter of the book appears separately as a pdf and a postscript file below. I made the pdf files from the postscript (rather than use bookpdf.zip) and I was able to print out the resulting pdf files.

Part 1 contains the book cover, preface and a table of contents. Parts 2--5 cover topics of tensor algebra and calculus and Part 6 introduces some differential geometry and applies it to general relativity. Parts 7--12 cover topics of continuum mechanics. Part 13 is the bibliography and three appendices and Part 14 is the index.

INDIVIDUAL FILES FOR VIEWING WITH ADOBE ACROBAT READER or a POSTSCRIPT VIEWER
Title, preface and table of contents
PART1.PDF
PART1.PS
Index Notation
PART2.PDF
PART2.PS
Tensor Concepts and Transformations
PART3.PDF
PART3.PS
Special Tensors
PART4.PDF
PART4.PS
Derivative of a Tensor
PART5.PDF
PART5.PS
Differential Geometry and Relativity
PART6.PDF
PART6.PS
Tensor Notation for Vector Quantities
PART7.PDF
PART7.PS
Dynamics
PART8.PDF
PART8.PS
Basic Equations of Contiuum Mechanics
PART9.PDF
PART9.PS
Contiuum Mechanics (Solids)
PART10.PDF
PART10.PS
Contiuum Mechanics (Fluids)
PART11.PDF
PART11.PS
Electric and Magnetic Fields
PART12.PDF
PART12.PS
Bibliography and Three Appendices
PART13.PDF
PART13.PS
Index
PART14.PDF
PART14.PS

WARNING! You may receive a printer error if you try to print the postscript files above. To obtain a hard copy of these chapters, I recommend printing the pdf files.

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VII. Related Web Pages of Interest

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haber@scipp.ucsc.edu
Last Updated: October 1, 2014