PHYS 631: General Relativity

Welcome to General Relativity. Please ask lots of questions, and by all means get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns.
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Course Information

A complete discussion of course policies can be found in the
course syllabus (Version 4/7/19).

Prof. Dave Goldberg (
Office: Disque Hall Room 810
Phone: x2715
Office Hours: M 3:00-4:00, Th 2:30-3:30, or by appointment in advance

T,Th 12:30-2
Disque 919

A First Course in General Relativity, 2nd edition, by Bernard Schutz.
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  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, we'll have an in-class midterm exam. You will have 1 1/2 hours to complete the exam, and other than the equation sheet below, it will be entirely closed book. The exam will be 3-5 multi-part problems, much in the style of the homework problems that I've written. The exam will be comprehensive, including all material covered up to the end of lecture on Tuesday, April 30, including our discussion of geodesics. The readings correspond to Chapters 1-7.4. If you have any questions in preparing (or during the exam), please don't hesitate to ask. To help you prepare:
  • [Midterm Solution Key]
  • On Monday, June 10, we will have our final exame from 12-2pm in Disque 919. As with the midterm, it will be closed book, and as with the midterm, it will be 4-5 multi-part problems. The exam will be comprehensive, and will include all topics explicitly discussed in class (we skipped over topics like the Kerr metric, for instance). I will also generally stress topics that you saw on at least 1 homework problem. To help you prepare:
  • [Final Exam Solution Key]

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Homework Assignments

Homework will be assessed a 10% penalty will be given for each day of lateness.