A Student s Manual for A First Course in General Relativity

A Student s Manual for A First Course in General Relativity Author Robert B. Scott
ISBN-10 9781316445143
Release 2016-01-21
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This comprehensive student manual has been designed to accompany the leading textbook by Bernard Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity, and uses detailed solutions, cross-referenced to several introductory and more advanced textbooks, to enable self-learners, undergraduates and postgraduates to master general relativity through problem solving. The perfect accompaniment to Schutz's textbook, this manual guides the reader step-by-step through over 200 exercises, with clear easy-to-follow derivations. It provides detailed solutions to almost half of Schutz's exercises, and includes 125 brand new supplementary problems that address the subtle points of each chapter. It includes a comprehensive index and collects useful mathematical results, such as transformation matrices and Christoffel symbols for commonly studied spacetimes, in an appendix. Supported by an online table categorising exercises, a Maple worksheet and an instructors' manual, this text provides an invaluable resource for all students and instructors using Schutz's textbook.

A First Course in General Relativity

A First Course in General Relativity Author Bernard Schutz
ISBN-10 9780521887052
Release 2009-05-14
Pages 393
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Second edition of a widely-used textbook providing the first step into general relativity for undergraduate students with minimal mathematical background.

A Short Course in General Relativity

A Short Course in General Relativity Author James Foster
ISBN-10 9781475738414
Release 2013-03-14
Pages 250
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Suitable as a one-semester course in general relativity for senior undergraduates or beginning graduates, this text clarifies the mathematical aspects of Einsteins general theory of relativity without sacrificing physical understanding. Beginning with an exposition of those aspects of tensor calculus and differential geometry needed for a proper exposition of the subject, the discussion turns to the space-time of general relativity and to geodesic motion, comparisons and contrasts, with Newtons theory being drawn where appropriate. A brief consideration of the field equations is followed by a discussion of physics in the vicinity of massive objects, including an elementary treatment of black holes. The book concludes with brief, introductory chapters on gravitational radiation and cosmology, and includes an appendix that reviews the special theory of relativity. In preparing this new edition, the authors have completely rewritten chapters to make the material readily accessible to physics students, while many examples, exercises and problems help guide the students through the theory.

Gravitation and Spacetime

Gravitation and Spacetime Author Hans C. Ohanian
ISBN-10 9781107012943
Release 2013-04-08
Pages 528
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This text provides a quantitative introduction to general relativity for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.


Gravity Author Eric Poisson
ISBN-10 9781107032866
Release 2014-05-29
Pages 792
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A unique graduate textbook that develops powerful approximation methods and their applications to real-life astrophysical systems.

Introduction to General Relativity

Introduction to General Relativity Author Lewis Ryder
ISBN-10 9780521845632
Release 2009-06-11
Pages 441
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Student-friendly, well illustrated textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in physics and mathematics.

Gravity from the Ground Up

Gravity from the Ground Up Author Bernard Schutz
ISBN-10 0521455065
Release 2003-12-04
Pages 462
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An accessible introduction to astronomy and general relativity, requiring only high-school level mathematics.

Introduction to General Relativity Black Holes and Cosmology

Introduction to General Relativity  Black Holes  and Cosmology Author Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat
ISBN-10 9780199666454
Release 2015-01-20
Pages 279
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General Relativity is a beautiful geometric theory, simple in its mathematical formulation but leading to numerous consequences with striking physical interpretations: gravitational waves, black holes, cosmological models, and so on. This introductory textbook is written for mathematics students interested in physics and physics students interested in exact mathematical formulations (or for anyone with a scientific mind who is curious to know more of the world we live in), recent remarkable experimental and observational results which confirm the theory are clearly described and no specialised physics knowledge is required. The mathematical level of Part A is aimed at undergraduate students and could be the basis for a course on General Relativity. Part B is more advanced, but still does not require sophisticated mathematics. Based on Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat's more advanced text, General Relativity and the Einstein Equations, the aim of this book is to give with precision, but as simply as possible, the foundations and main consequences of General Relativity. The first five chapters from General Relativity and the Einstein Equations have been updated with new sections and chapters on black holes, gravitational waves, singularities, and the Reissner-Nordstrom and interior Schwarzchild solutions. The rigour behind this book will provide readers with the perfect preparation to follow the great mathematical progress in the actual development, as well as the ability to model, the latest astrophysical and cosmological observations. The book presents basic General Relativity and provides a basis for understanding and using the fundamental theory.

A First Course in Loop Quantum Gravity

A First Course in Loop Quantum Gravity Author Rodolfo Gambini
ISBN-10 9780191003233
Release 2011-09-22
Pages 192
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This book provides an accessible introduction to loop quantum gravity and some of its applications, at a level suitable for undergraduate students and others with only a minimal knowledge of college level physics. In particular it is not assumed that the reader is familiar with general relativity and only minimally familiar with quantum mechanics and Hamiltonian mechanics. Most chapters end with problems that elaborate on the text, and aid learning. Applications such as loop quantum cosmology, black hole entropy and spin foams are briefly covered. The text is ideally suited for an undergraduate course in the senior year of a physics major. It can also be used to introduce undergraduates to general relativity and quantum field theory as part of a 'special topics' type of course.

Advanced General Relativity

Advanced General Relativity Author Claude Barrabès
ISBN-10 9780199680696
Release 2013-05-23
Pages 152
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The book covers mainstream topics at research level involving gravitational waves, spinning particles, and black holes, suitable for graduates and early postgraduates exploring avenues into research in general relativity.

A First Course in String Theory

A First Course in String Theory Author Barton Zwiebach
ISBN-10 9781139643917
Release 2009-01-22
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String theory made understandable. Barton Zwiebach is once again faithful to his goal of making string theory accessible to undergraduates. He presents the main concepts of string theory in a concrete and physical way to develop intuition before formalism, often through simplified and illustrative examples. Complete and thorough in its coverage, this new edition now includes AdS/CFT correspondence and introduces superstrings. It is perfectly suited to introductory courses in string theory for students with a background in mathematics and physics. New sections cover strings on orbifolds, cosmic strings, moduli stabilization, and the string theory landscape. Now with almost 300 problems and exercises, with password-protected solutions for instructors at www.cambridge.org/zwiebach.

Numerical Relativity

Numerical Relativity Author Thomas W. Baumgarte
ISBN-10 9781139643177
Release 2010-06-24
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Aimed at students and researchers entering the field, this pedagogical introduction to numerical relativity will also interest scientists seeking a broad survey of its challenges and achievements. Assuming only a basic knowledge of classical general relativity, the book develops the mathematical formalism from first principles, and then highlights some of the pioneering simulations involving black holes and neutron stars, gravitational collapse and gravitational waves. The book contains 300 exercises to help readers master new material as it is presented. Numerous illustrations, many in color, assist in visualizing new geometric concepts and highlighting the results of computer simulations. Summary boxes encapsulate some of the most important results for quick reference. Applications covered include calculations of coalescing binary black holes and binary neutron stars, rotating stars, colliding star clusters, gravitational and magnetorotational collapse, critical phenomena, the generation of gravitational waves, and other topics of current physical and astrophysical significance.

General Relativity

General Relativity Author Marvin Blecher
ISBN-10 9789813108493
Release 2016-06-15
Pages 192
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This textbook is suitable for a one-semester introduction to General Relativity for advanced undergraduates in physics and engineering. The book is concise so that the entire material can be covered in the one-semester time frame. Besides, the readers are introduced to the subject easily without the need for advanced mathematics. Though concise, the theory development is lucid and the readers are exposed to possible analytic calculations. Full solutions to some important problems are provided, and the experimental evidence is discussed in detail. Contents:Review of Special RelativityVectors and Tensors in SpacetimeCovariant Differentiation, Equations of MotionCurvatureGravity and General RelativitySolar System Tests of General RelativityBlack HolesGravitational WavesCosmolgy Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students in physics courses.

A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology

A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology Author Ta-Pei Cheng
ISBN-10 9780199693412
Release 2015-06-18
Pages 292
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Einstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate textbook. Without an over emphasis on the difficult mathematics of tensor analysis, the book presents the curved spacetime theory of gravitation. The phenomena of gravitational light deflection, the precession of a planet's orbit, and black holes are discussed with technical detail. The book has an extensive treatment of cosmology from primordial inflation, cosmic microwavebackground to the dark energy that propels an accelerating universe. The book is the undergraduate edition of the author's previous work, Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction,published as part of the Oxford Master Series in Physics. This college edition concentrates on the core elements of the subject making it suitable for a one-semester course at the undergraduate level. It can also serve as an accessible introduction to general relativity and cosmology for those readers who want to study the subject on their own.

Fundamentals of Cosmology

Fundamentals of Cosmology Author James Rich
ISBN-10 9783642028007
Release 2009-12-03
Pages 328
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A self-contained introduction to general relativity that is based on the homogeneity and isotropy of the local universe. Emphasis is placed on estimations of the densities of matter and vacuum energy, and on investigations of the primordial density fluctuations and the nature of dark matter.

General Relativity

General Relativity Author M. P. Hobson
ISBN-10 0521829518
Release 2006-02-02
Pages 572
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General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists provides a clear mathematical introduction to Einstein's theory of general relativity. It presents a wide range of applications of the theory, concentrating on its physical consequences. After reviewing the basic concepts, the authors present a clear and intuitive discussion of the mathematical background, including the necessary tools of tensor calculus and differential geometry. These tools are then used to develop the topic of special relativity and to discuss electromagnetism in Minkowski spacetime. Gravitation as spacetime curvature is then introduced and the field equations of general relativity derived. After applying the theory to a wide range of physical situations, the book concludes with a brief discussion of classical field theory and the derivation of general relativity from a variational principle. Written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this approachable textbook contains over 300 exercises to illuminate and extend the discussion in the text.

A First Course in Mathematical Physics

A First Course in Mathematical Physics Author Colm T. Whelan
ISBN-10 9783527413331
Release 2016-06-27
Pages 336
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The book assumes next to no prior knowledge of the topic. The first part introduces the core mathematics, always in conjunction with the physical context. In the second part of the book, a series of examples showcases some of the more conceptually advanced areas of physics, the presentation of which draws on the developments in the first part. A large number of problems helps students to hone their skills in using the presented mathematical methods. Solutions to the problems are available to instructors on an associated password-protected website for lecturers.