PHYS 515 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
Schedule
Lectures will take place on Mondays from 17:00pm  18:20pm
and on Wednesdays from 17:10pm  18:30pm (after the Physics colloquium)
in 162 Noyes Laboratory.
Recordings of the lectures will be posted on mediaspace.
Homework sets will be made available on Wednesdays before the lecture, starting in week 2, on this website.
They are due on the following Wednesday before 11:55pm Central US and they have to be submitted via my.physics.
In general, you are allowed to use computer algebra software, like Maple or Mathematica, unless stated otherwise. If you do use computer algebra software, together with your PDF solution, you must provide a wellformatted print out of your code. Under no circumstances are you allowed to use a computer algebra package, such as grTensor or xTensor, to calculate tensorial quantities.
During the Lecture you will engage with the material by answering conceptual questions via Gradescope, Entry code: K3X8X8. This will give you bonus points for the course.
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For details on semester dates, registration deadlines, etc. please check the Academic calendar.
Week  Date  Lecture  Homework 

1  Mo 01/16/2023  Martin Luther King Jr. Day no classes 

We 01/18/2023  Introduction to class L1. Special Relativity 

2  Mo 01/23/2023  L2. Special relativity  
We 01/25/2023  L3. Lorentz transformations  HW 1 assigned
HW 1 solution 

3  Mo 01/30/2023  L4. Vectors  
We 02/01/2023  L5. 1forms and Tensors  HW 1 due HW 2 assigned HW 2 solution 

4  Mo 02/06/2023  L6. Tensors Physics in flat spacetimes 

We 02/08/2023  L7. Physics in flat spacetimes notes 
HW 2 due HW 3 assigned HW 3 solution 

5  Mo 02/13/2023  L8. Manifolds  
We 02/15/2023  L9.Manifolds  HW 3 due (extended by 1 day) HW 4 assigned HW 4 solution 

6  Mo 02/20/2023  L10. Tensors in curved spacetimes  
We 02/22/2023  L11. Tensors in curved spacetimes  HW 4 due HW 5 assigned HW 5 solution 

7  Mo 02/27/2023  L12. Covariant derivatives  
We 03/01/2023  L13. Geodesics  HW 5 due No homework assigned Paper review instructions 

8  Mo 03/06/2023  L14. Riemann curvature  
We 03/08/2023  L15. Symmetries  Paper review due No homework due HW 6 assigned HW 6 solution 

9  03/11/2023  03/19/2023  Spring Break  
10  Mo 03/20/2023  L16. Gravitation  
We 03/22/2023  L17. Einstein's Equations  HW 6 due HW 7 assigned HW 7 solution 

11  Mo 03/27/2023  L18. Lagrangian formulation  
We 03/29/2023  L19. Properties of Einstein's Equations  HW 7 due HW 8 assigned HW 8 solution 

12  Mo 04/03/2023  L20. The Schwarzschild metric  
We 04/05/2023  L21. Geodesics of the Schwarzschild metric  HW 8 due HW 9 assigned HW 9 solution 

13  Mo 04/10/2023  L22. Black holes  
We 04/12/2023  L23. Black holes  HW 9 due HW 10 + 11 assigned HW 10 +11 solution 

14  Mo 04/17/2023  APS April Meeting  
We 04/19/2023  L24. Neutron stars  no homework due this week 

15  Mo 04/24/2023  L25. Gravitational Waves  
We 04/26/2023  L26. Gravitational waves  HW 10 + 11 due Note: Long homework! HW 12 assigned HW 12 solution 

16  Mo 05/01/2023  L27. Cosmology  
We 05/03/2023  L28. Cosmology  HW 12 due  
Th 05/04/2023  Reading Day  
Fr 05/05/2023  Mo 05/08/2023  Final Exam 