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PHYS 422 - General Relativity (4)

An introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity as the classical field theory of gravitation. Topics include special relativity, four-dimensional spacetime, the principle of equivalence, the geometry of curved spacetime (with Riemannian geometry and tensor analysis), and the Einstein field equation. Applications are centered on astrophysical systems, black holes, and cosmology. Prerequisites: PHYS 240 and MATH 211