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 2003 fall quarter at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
All the material on this web site is available either as a postscript or as a PDF file. Instructions for viewing and printing such files are provided below.
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  4594228  
Office Hours  Monday 34 pm and Tuesday, 11 am12 noon  
haber@scipp.ucsc.edu  
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 23:45 pm, ISB 231
Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity, by James B. Hartle (Addison Wesley, 2003)
40% regular problem sets
25% Midterm Exam (takehome exam November 46, 2003)
35% Final Exam (Tuesday December 9, 2003, 811 am)
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 ISB 231 and will cover the complete course material. You must take the final exam to pass the course.
The course outline is available in either PDF or Postscript format
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1. THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN GENERAL RELATIVITY AND EXPERIMENT.
By Clifford M. Will (Washington U., St. Louis). Mar 2001. 103pp.
Published in Living Rev.Rel.4:4,2001
ePrint Archive: grqc/0103036
2. SUBTLE IS THE GRAVITY.
By Naresh Dadhich (Ganeshkhind, IUCAA). IUCAA102001, Jan 2001. 26pp.
Seventh VaidyaRaychaudhari Endowment Award Lecture.
Lectures given at 21st Meeting of the Indian Association for General
Relativity and Gravitation (IAGRG 2001), Nagpur, India, 30 Jan  1 Feb
2001.
ePrint Archive: grqc/0102009
3. THE COSMOLOGICAL CONSTANT IN BRIEF.
By Joan Sola (Barcelona Autonoma U., IFAE). UABFT499, Jan 2001. 16pp.
Invited talk given at EURESCO Conference on Frontiers in Particle
Astrophysics and Cosmology, San Feliu de Guixols, Spain, 30 Sep  5 Oct
2000.
Published in Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl.95:2937,2001 Also in *San Feliu
de Guixols 2000, Frontiers in particle astrophysics and cosmology* 2937
ePrint Archive: hepph/0101134
4. DETERMINATION OF COSMOLOGICAL PARAMETERS: AN INTRODUCTION FOR
NONSPECIALISTS.
By Palash B. Pal (Saha Inst.). SINPTNP9922, May 1999. 12pp.
Invited talk at Meeting on Recent Developments in Neutrino Physics,
Ahmedabad, India, 24 Feb 1999.
Published in Pramana 54:7991,2000
ePrint Archive: hepph/9906447
5. ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY REVIEWS from the Particle Data Group.
Astrophysical constants  Postscript  (7 pages)  
Experimental tests of gravitational theory  Postscript  (11 pages)  
Big Bang cosmology  Postscript  (28 pages)  
Bigbang nucleosynthesis  Postscript  (11 pages)  
Global cosmological parameters: H_{0}, Omega, and Lambda  Postscript  (17 pages)  
Dark matter  Postscript  (11 pages)  
Cosmic background radiation  Postscript  (13 pages) 
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 25 cover topics of tensor algebra and calculus and Part 6 introduces some differential geometry and applies it to general relativity. Parts 712 cover topics of continuum mechanics. Part 13 is the bibliography and three appendices and Part 14 is the index.
Title, preface and table of contents  

Index Notation  

Tensor Concepts and Transformations  

Special Tensors  

Derivative of a Tensor  

Differential Geometry and Relativity  

Tensor Notation for Vector Quantities  

Dynamics  

Basic Equations of Contiuum Mechanics  

Contiuum Mechanics (Solids)  

Contiuum Mechanics (Fluids)  

Electric and Magnetic Fields  

Bibliography and Three Appendices  

Index  
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.
1. Constraints on the cosmological parameters: a summary figureversion 1 (postscript version)
2. Constraints on the cosmological parameters: summary figuresversion 2 (postscript version)
3. The Horizon Problem of Standard BigBang Cosmology Illustrated
(postscript version)