FY3452 - Gravitation and Cosmology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Special relativity. Lagrange-Hamilton formulation of classical fields. Differential geometry. Curved spaces and gravitation. Special geometries (Friedmann, Schwarzschild,Kerr...). Black holes. Bending of light. Cosmological models.

Learning outcome

The students should learn the basic principles and formalism of classical field theory in general, and in particular the application of these to problems in gravitation and cosmology. The students should learn the basic concepts and methods of differential geometry as applied to general relativity. The students should learn the main verified predictions of general relativity, and the main properties of the standard model of cosmology.

The student should learn to analyze simple models in the field.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem sessions. When lectures are given English, the exam will be given in English only.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.
Mandatory activities are blackboard assignments or numerical assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

J.B. Hartle: Gravity. An introduction to Einstein's General Relativity.

Additional literature:
Jan Myrheim: Classical theory of fields,
Michael Kachelriess: Lecture notes for FY3452; Gravitation and Cosmology.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY8903 7.5 2010-09-01
TFY4270 7.5 2007-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2018-11-30 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.