syllabus  timetable  projects  problems  clicker questions  texts  images 
Week  Topic  Monday  Wednesday  Friday  

1  Special Relativity  Jan 11  Jan 13  Jan 15
Organization 

2  Jan 18
Martin Luther King day 
Jan 20
What is spacetime? What are forces? 
Jan 22
Postulates, Paradoxes, Spacetime diagrams 

3  Jan 25
Simultaneity, time dilation paradox 
Jan 27
Lorentz transformation Spacetime wheel

Jan 29
Lorentz contraction paradox Trip to αCen 

4  Feb 1
Video on Special Relativity: The Mechanical Universe Lessons 4144 41: The MichelsonMorley Experiment 42: The Lorentz Transformation

Feb 3
Energymomentum 
Feb 5


5  Feb 8
The Rules of 4D Perspective Redshift factor 
Feb 10

Feb 12
In class help session on Problem Set 2 Twin Paradox 

6 
General Relativity,
Black Holes Falling into a Black Hole Inside Black Holes 
Feb 15
Postulates of GR 
Feb 17
Wellness day 
Feb 19
Principle of Equivalence 

7  Feb 22
Center of the Galaxy Geodesics Metric 
Feb 24
Schwarzschild geometry

Feb 26
Journey into a Schwarzschild BH River Model of BHs Gullstrand and Painlevé Embedding diagram (pdf) 

8  Mar 1
Spacetime diagrams 
Mar 3
The singularity is a not a point Schwarzschild wormhole 
Mar 5


9  Mar 8
Collapse to a black hole 
Mar 10
Fermi GammaRay Space Telescope Nohair theorem Journey into a ReissnerNordström (charged) black hole The ReissnerNordström waterfall

Mar 12
Penrose diagrams Rotating Black Holes 

10  Mar 15
Snow day Mass inflation Inside black holes 
Mar 17
Gravitational Waves

Mar 19


11  Mar 22

Mar 24
Hawking radiation (web) Hawking radiation (notes) 
Mar 25
Wellness day 
Mar 26
No class 

12  Cosmology  Mar 29
Chapter 10, p. 254 of book 
Mar 31
Hubble diagram of Type Ia supernovae 
Apr 2
Cosmic Microwave Background Galaxy Clustering 

13  Apr 5
FLRW metric (notes 3.16) Chapter 10, p. 230 of book Friedmann equations (notes 3.22) 
Apr 7

Apr 9
Chapter 10, p. 236 of book Matter, radiation, vacuum (notes 3.29) Evolution of the Universe 

14  Apr 12
Cosmic Microwave Background (notes 3.34) Cosmic Microwave Background 
Apr 14
Horizon (notes 3.40)

Apr 16


15  Apr 19
Inflation (notes 3.45) On line FCQs open 
Apr 21
Dark Matter (notes 3.55)

Apr 23
Time (notes 4.1, after 3.65) 

16  Apr 26
On line FCQs due by 11.59pm

Apr 28
Story 
Apr 30
Reading day (no class)  Saturday May 1

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