Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: PHY                                     Course Number: 355                                    
Course Title: Gravitation and Cosmology
Subject: Physics
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 4.0


This course is an introduction to the General Theory of Relativity (Gravitation), Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology. Topics include Principle of Equivalence, tensor calculus and Riemannian geometry, curvature, metric tensor, energy-momentum tensor, the Einstein's field equations, tests of relativity, Schwarzschild metric, black holes and singularities, Kerr metric and rotating black holes, universe on the large scale, Robertson-Walker metric, Friedmann cosmological models, thermal history of the universe and gravitational radiation.

  • 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour.

Start Date:    09/27/2006                         End Date: