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Introduction to General Relativity (WS13/14)


J.Prof. Dr. Harald Ita and Dr. Christian Schwinn



  • Lecture: 4 hours, Mon 8-10, Tue 14-16; Westbau 2nd floor, start: 21.10.2013 (Lecturer Harald Ita)
  • Tutorial: 2 hours, Mon 14-16, Westbau 2nd floor ; start: 21.10.2013 (Tutor Christian Schwinn). 
    Please register for the tutorial on the campus management website of the lecture .

    (Registration starts on 21.10, 12.00. More information will be given in the first lecture.)

  • Preliminary exam date: Mon 24.2.2014 at 9:00; please register.

Problem Sets for Tutorial

Please contact lecturer for exercise sheets. 



  • Special relativity and flat spacetime
  • Curved spacetimes and their mathematical description (tensors, manifolds, curvature)
  • Gravity and its physics in curved spacetimes
  • Special solutions to Einstein's equations (Schwarzschild solution, cosmology)
  • Perturbation theory and gravitational radiation 

For Bachelor-Students

 The lecture is suitable as supplementary or elective course; Wahlpflicht- bzw. Wahlbereich.


Electrodynamics and Special Relativity

 Requirements for Academic Record

  • active and regular participation in the tutorials, including solutions to 70% of the homework problems.
  • in case an exam ( "Prüfungsleistung")  is required, a written/oral exam will be offered. Prerequisite is the successful participation in the tutorials.

Further details will be given in the lecture/tutorials.



  • Weinberg: "Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity"
  • Sean M. Carroll: "Spacetime and Geometry" 
  • R.U. Sexl / H.K. Urbantke: "Gravitation und Kosmologie"
  • C.W. Misner / K.S. Thorne / J.A. Wheeler: "Gravitation"

 More advanced Textbooks

  • H.J. Dirschmid: "Tensoren und Felder"
  • R.M. Wald: "General Relativity"
  • R.D. Feynman: "Feynman Lectures On Gravitation"
  • Nakahara: "Geometry, Topology and Physics"
 Online lecture notes


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