Physics 530 Spring 2021

General Relativity

Blurb:

Various details about the course.

Lectures

Notes:

Lectures are on Zoom. Contact me for the details.

Text:

No assigned text book. There are a number of books which are useful There are a number of other books available as well. I will also upon occasion put up some lecture notes, Assignments, announcements here My office is Henn 311 (inside to table and turn right) The return assignment tray is beside the door. Phone: (604) 822 3853 Course: This will cover the field of gravity or General Relativity. I intend to cover gravity waves fairly extensively, but will also cover Tensor analysis, Black hole solutions, and quantum effects around black holes. There will be assignments in the course worth from 20-25% of the grade, an essay due on the last day of class (worth 30-35%) and a final exam worth the rest of the marks.

Statement re remote learning

During this pandemic, the shift to online learning has greatly altered teaching and studying at UBC, including changes to health and safety considerations. Keep in mind that some UBC courses might cover topics that are censored or considered illegal by non-Canadian governments. This may include, but is not limited to, human rights, representative government, defamation, obscenity, gender or sexuality, and historical or current geopolitical controversies. If you are a student living abroad, you will be subject to the laws of your local jurisdiction, and your local authorities might limit your access to course material or take punitive action against you. UBC is strongly committed to academic freedom, but has no control over foreign authorities (please visit http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=3,33,86,0 for an articulation of the values of the University conveyed in the Senate Statement on Academic Freedom). Thus, we recognize that students will have legitimate reason to exercise caution in studying certain subjects. If you have concerns regarding your personal situation, consider postponing taking a course with manifest risks, until you are back on campus or reach out to your academic advisor to find substitute courses. For further information and support, please visit: http://academic.ubc.ca/support- resources/freedom-expression

Plagerism, cheating, etc

In one word

NO

Here is an extract of a note from the Physics student coordinator:

Ian Cavers (Associate Dean of Science) has already sent more cheating cases from Science to the President's Advisory Committees on Student Discipline (PACSD) than PACSD normally deals with in a full year from the whole university, and he is doing a lot of filtering. So please -

Chat Channel

There is apparently a UBC graduate STudent chat channel where you can drop in to talk with other grad students. https://discord.com/invite/5ANvWbfFeB I have no idea how this works, but it may offer a place where you can meet up with other students taking this course to discuss problem, assignments, confusions, etc. I have no used it so cannot offer any advice. If anyone wants to give more information, pls email me, and I can post it here.

Midterm:

Feb 23, 2021 1 hour exam Closed book, via Zoom.

Final Exam

: To be Scheduled