Ast 330

Relativity and Cosmology

An in-depth exploration of the theories of Special and General Relativity.  Topics will include relativistic mechanics, dynamics and radiative processes; tensor algebra, the general relativistic field equations, and their application to spacetime, including black holes; and applications of general relativity to understand theoretical and observational cosmology, i.e. the history (and future) of the Universe.   Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: PHY 220.  Ast 210 recommended.
Fall semester. Offered Spring 2011 and alternate years. (Cross-listed with Phy 330)

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