FY3452 - Gravitation and Cosmology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 67/100 4 hours D
Home examination 33/100 7 days

Course content

Special relativity. Lagrange formulation of classical fields. Differential geometry. Curved spaces and gravitation. Einstein's field equations. Special geometries (Friedmann, Schwarzschild, Kerr...). Black holes. Gravitational waves. 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.

General competence:

The candidate should be able to apply abstract mathematical models to concrete physical problems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercise sessions; Expected workload in the course is 225 hours.

Further on evaluation

The final mark is based on two assessments, "delvurderinger": Final written exam (67%) and a mid-semester (home) exam (33%). In case of a repeat exam, the written exam can be changed to an oral one.

When lectures are given English, the exam will be given in English only.

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
TFY4270 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
FY8903 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 67/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 33/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 67/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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