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PHY1484H S (ARTS & SCI 484)
Relativity Theory II

Official description


This course follows the Introduction to General Relativity with study of the application of General Relativity to Astrophysics and Cosmology.


There is no single text prescribed, but specific texts and journal articles are referred to as appropriate.


This course follows on from PHY1483F. We begin by outlining how Einstein's equations can be derived from an action principle from scratch. Applying them, we find the conditions under which gravity is attractive, and describe gravitational lensing. Next, we develop the story of homogeneous isotropic FRW cosmology, and introduce the idea of inflation. Then we discuss aspects of the thermal physics of the early universe. After that, we give an outline of the theory of inflationary perturbations and how they grow over time, and connections to experiment. Next, we turn to introducing black hole thermodynamics, extra dimensions, and alternative theories of gravity. We finish up with a brief introduction to numerical relativity.

This cross listed course is offered at together with PHY484H. For course schedule please see: Relativity Theory II

course title
PHY1484H S (ARTS & SCI 484)
cross listed course
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This cross listed course is offered together with PHY484H Please see: PHY484H

Delivery Methods

In Person

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* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
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A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.