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Theory of Relativity 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7041T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

Calculus M0029M, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations M0031M or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
This course introduces Einstein´s theory of relativity. The course covers general relativity, gravitation and cosmology.

The ideas behind Einstein´s general theory of relativity. Curved space-time and general tensors. The energy-momentum tensor and Einstein´s law of gravitaion. The Schwarzschild solution. Experimental tests. Black holes. The Kerr solution. Gravitational waves. Gravitation and cosmology. The curved and expanding Universe.

The course consist of lectures devoted to a basic core of the subject.

Homework assignments. Alternative examination methods may occur.

The course cannot be part of the degree together with the course F0017T.

Johan Hansson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Announced at the start of the course.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Home AssignmentsG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA12

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Dept. TVM Mats Näsström 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by HUL Niklas Letho 14 Feb 2020