PHYSICS 161
BlACK HOLES AND THE GALAXY
WINTER 2010
Instructor: Kim Griest
Time: MWF 12-12:50pm
Place: WLH 2112
Homework Discussion: Tuesday 5-5:50pm, York Hall 4080A
Griest Office: 337 SERF, 534-8914
Griest Office Hours:
Tues: 2:00pm-3:00pm, or drop by anytime, or make an appointment
Text: Gravity: an introduction to Einsteins' general relativity,
by James Hartle,
but much material will be only given in class.
THUS YOU NEED TO ATTEND CLASS to do well in this course.
TA: Liz Rivers
email: elrivers@physics.ucsd.edu
Office hours: Monday 2-3pm; Office: SERF 420
Final: Wed March 17, 11:30am - 2:30 pm
[NOTE: YOU MUST ATTEND THE FINAL; CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE NOW!]
Web page: http://physics.ucsd.edu/students/courses/winter2010/physics161
SYLLABUS
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1. General relativity and curved spacetime
2. metrics and curved spacetime
3. Special Relativity and causality
4. Schwarzchild metric and black holes
5. gravitational redshift, time dilation in gravitational field
6. Euler-Langrange, calculus of varation, geodesics, and eq. of motions
7. geodesics in Schwarzchild metric, effective potential and orbits near BH
8. The trapped surface, Kruskal-Szekeres coordinates, wormholes
9. Rotating black holes and the Kerr metric
10. Planck constant and breakdown of General Relativity, Hawking radiation
11. Gravitational Lensing
12. Gravity Waves
13. Observations and physical evidence for black holes
14. Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way