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,...). Black holes. Bending of light, gravitational lensing. Einsten's field equation in general and linearized form.
Cosmological models. Use of computer algebra for calculations in general relativity.

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 students should be able to solve simple problems in the field analytically, and be able to apply computer algebra programs to more complicated models.

General competence:
The students should know about the effective field theory method for systematic modeling of
systems with prescribed degrees of freedom and symmetries. The students should know the scientific description of the origin and behavior of the universe.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem sessions. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

It will be offered as a guided self-study course in the spring of 2016.

Course materials

Michael Kachelriess: Lecture notes for FY3452; Gravitation and Cosmology.

Additional literature:
Jan Myrheim: Classical theory of fields,
J.B. Hartle: Gravity. An introduction to Einstein's General Relativity.

Credit reductions

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


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2016-05-31 09:00 E4
Summer KONT Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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