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Physics A, Fall
I am very happy that you are interested in taking physics In the opinion of most theoretical physicists, including Einstein, general relativity is by far the most beautiful theory ever. Several students have asked me about the requirement in the catalog of having taken physics b or taking it concurrently. As far as I am concerned, only you can judge if you ready for physics I certainly do not want you to be unable to follow the course due to inadequate preparation. You and I will both be frustrated. I don't know what is covered in physics b, but as far as I am concerned, you should have the following.
James B. Hartle
To obtain a basic understanding of the key concepts of special and general relativity, especially spacetime and its curvature, and to successfully apply basic concepts and mathematical techniques of relativity to solve elementary problems in relativity physics. The course objectives will be accomplished by students working through the assigned parts of text, including all assigned readings and homework problems, and through in-class discussion and lecture, group exercises, and student presentations. The first eight chapters of the text will form the core material to be mastered, to provide interested students with the basis needed for independent study of the rest of the textbook.
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