P415 General Relativity & Cosmology
Office: Elliott 118
Office hours: Mondays 2:303:30pm
Email: aritz@uvic.ca
Lectures: 1:002:30pm, Mon & Thurs in CLE A312
This is a 4th year course on the general relativistic theory of gravity, covering the following broad areas:
 Special relativity and spacetime
 Equivalence principle and gravity as geometry
 Curved spacetime geometry, geodesics, curvature
 Einstein's equations, the Schwarzschild geometry, and solar system tests
 Applications: Black Holes, Gravitational waves, Cosmology
See the course syllabus for further details.
This is a 4th year course on general relativity, and (time permitting) will cover the following topics. The chapter references refer to the text by Hartle.

The (optional) course text is:
There are of course many (many!) other texts which introduce general relativity. Most follow a slightly more mathematical route than Hartle. Some good course texts which are at a similar or somewhat higher level than this course include:
For more advanced material (generally well above the level of this course), standard references are:

Further online material for the course, including:

The course will assessed according to the following three components:
There will be 5 or 6 assignments during the semester, and you will generally have between ~1.5 weeks to complete each of them. They form an integral part of the course, used to expand on the material in the lectures in various ways.
If the application of this scheme would result in grades deemed by the instructor to be inconsistent with the University's grading descriptions (which can also be found on p.64 of the current University Calendar), percentages will be assigned which are consistent with them. NB: Use of calculators in exams (NB: not really required for this course) On all examinations the only acceptable calculator is the Sharp EL510R. This calculator can be bought in the Bookstore for about $10. DO NOT bring any other calculator to the examinations. 