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.
Is energy conserved in general relativity? Check out the two new links added at the end of Section VIII of this website.
Problem Set #4 has been posted to Section III of this website.
The revised solutions to Problem Set #3 have been reposted to Section IV of this website. I have improved the derivation of the geodesics on the sphere (corresponding to the last extra credit problem).
I will be in Washington, D.C. from November 1719. As a result, office hours on Monday November 17 are canceled. On Tuesday November 18, Anthony Aguirre will give the class lecture at the usual time (1011:45 am) in the usual place (Nat Sci Annex 103). The schedule of classes and office hours returns to normal on Thursday November 20.
I have added a link to the draft of a free textbook on general relativity
by Andrew Hamilton in Section VII of this website.
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  Mondays and Thursdays, 23 pm  
haber@scipp.ucsc.edu  
webpage  scipp.ucsc.edu/~haber/  
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1011:45 pm, Nat. Sci. Annex 103
Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology, by Robert J.A. Lambourne (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
40% regular problem sets
25% Midterm Exam (takehome exam November 1314, 2014)
35% Final Exam (Monday December 15, 2014, 123 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.
The course outline is available in either PDF or Postscript format
[PDF
 Postscript]
Problem sets and exams are available in either PDF or Postscript formats
The problem set solutions are available in either PDF or Postscript formats.
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/lrr20144
ePrint: arXiv:1403.7377
[grqc]  PDF (arXiv
version) PDF
(Journal version)
2. A handout entitled The velocity and momentum fourvectors examines the properties of the velocity and momentum fourvectors of special relativity, and provides a careful derivation of the relativistic law of addition of velocities. In addition, an appendix provides a derivation of the most general Lorentz boost matrix. [PDF  Postscript].
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 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.