A. John Mallinckrodt   Professor of Physics, Cal Poly Pomona
Phy426
Physics 426, Relativity, Gravity, and Black Holes is an upper division elective course that provides an introduction to general relativity, Einstein's theory of gravity as curvature of spacetime created by the presence of mass/energy.
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Spring Quarter 2013

  • Course Syllabus
  • Sample HW problem writeup
    Illlustrating the way I want to see more in the way of complete explanations of what you are doing and the way algebraic manipulations should be kept to a minimum.\
  • Homework Assignments and Guides to Solutions

    Bold items are to be written up carefullly and submitted by the beginning of class on the due date. Items in parentheses are worth at least looking at and sketching out a solution method. All others should be fully worked out as part of your preparation for exams!

    "Minireports" are ~one page reports on a topic germane to the class that you have researched on the web. They should be in the form of a brief summary of the topic and any interesting facts you learn about the topic from your web research. I strongly prefer that they be composed on a computer so that you can easily proofread and edit them (as I expect you to do in any event.) Please refer specifically to your sources and give their URL's.

    HW#01 Ch 1: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Guide to Solutions Due 4/12
    HW#02 Ch 2: #1, 2, 3, (4), 5, 6, 7, (8), 9, + Minireport   Guide to Solutions Due 4/22
    HW#03 Ch 3: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , (6), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Guide to Solutions       Due 5/1
    HW#04 Ch 4: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, (7) Guide to Solutions       Due 5/17
    HW#05 Ch 5: # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Guide to Solutions       Due 5/31
  • Summaries of important results
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  • Exams
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  • College of Science Emergency Procedures
    All students are responsible for being aware of these Emergency Procedures. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with them.

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ajm at csupomona.edu
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