# Physics 264 Spacetime and Black Holes

### Textbook: *Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity*
by James Hartle

**Location & Time: KPTC 105, T Th
12:00-1:20**

Office hours: T 4:30-5:30 (my office RI 270)

**TA: Callum Quigley (RI 165)**

Office hours: W 8-9 KPTC 303 or 305

### Discussion Session: W 3:30

This course will serve as an introduction to general relativity and the physics of black holes.

Midterm Exam Nov 4 in class.

Final: Dec 9, KPTC 105, 10:30-12:30.

**Tentative Syllabus**
- Special relativity

- Curved space-times

- Black holes

- Einstein equations

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Problem Sets

Assignment 1

Solutions 1

Assignment 2

Solutions 2

Assignment 3

Solutions 3

Assignment 4

Solutions 4

Midterm Solutions

Assignment 5

Solutions 5

Assignment 6

Solutions 6

Assignment 7

Solutions 7

**References & Additional Sources**

There are lots of good books on this topic ranging from popular science to textbook level. Here

are a few that look interesting:

A First Course in General Relativity by Bernard Schutz

An Introduction to Relativity by Jayant Narlikar

Spacetime and Geometry by Sean Carroll

General Relativity by Robert Wald (somewhat higher level text)

At a more popular science level:

Space, Time, and Gravity by Robert Wald

Black Holes & Time Warps by Kip Thorne

Visualizing Mobius transformations: a very nice video found by Tae Yeon Yoo here.